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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Trailer Watch: Plush - Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

As of late, there hasn't been much news about Catherine Hardwicke's upcoming, Plush, her first film since 2011's Red Riding Hood.
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  • August 22, 2013 12:15 PM
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TV Pilot Roundup for August 22: New Shows from Rashida Jones, Lauren Graham and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland

Here's some of the most notable news from this week about TV pilot pickups.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 11:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Sarah Hyland in "Vampire Academy" new to iTunes store
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is the latest in paranormal YA adaptations wanting to take the spot Twilight once held.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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Guest Post: For Life

In my country, a female director is a rare exception (but fortunately not for long). In the Middle-East, some consider that a miracle and others a heresy.
  • By Anais Barbeau-Lavalette
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  • August 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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Up and Comer to Watch: MJ Delaney

MJ Delaney came to our attention as the precocious talent behind a parody of Alicia Key's New York State of Mind - the young filmmaker (25) scored over 2 million hits for a pop-up YouTube video version titled Newport State of Mind, celebrating the Welsh town that's so often overlooked by the R & B scene.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • August 21, 2013 1:15 PM
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Patricia Clarkson as Katha Pollitt in Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive

Patricia Clarkson will play writer Katha Pollitt in Learning to Drive, a film based on Pollitt's 2002 essay in The New Yorker.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2013 12:15 PM
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Cross Post: Legendary Passed On Red Reaper Because It Has a Female Action Hero

When Tara Cardinal's labor of love and sweat and tears, the fantasy/action feature Legend of the Red Reaper, was written, it was shopped at various distributors and production studios, as films are wont to be when their creators are seeking distribution or production funds.
  • By Heidi Honeycutt
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  • August 21, 2013 11:35 AM
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Watch This: Say Yes - Directed by Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay has had a huge year so far--winning awards for Middle of Nowhere and being invited to join the Academy. That doesn't even touch upon DuVernay's increasingly prolific body of work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2013 10:15 AM
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There is Still Time to Submit Your Film to the Athena Film Festival

This summer I have had the privilege with working with three amazing young Barnard students -- Jo Chiang, Lili Safron and Caroline Moore -- who have been helping me find the movies that we hope to screen at the 2014 Athena Film Festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2013 4:40 PM
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The 99ers Premieres Tonight on ESPN

This is a terrific documentary that highlights the true friendships that these women created and asks an important question about whether what they accomplished was an anomaly or the beginning of something. As Michelle Akers says it is both. These women were both. They were anomalies AND the were also the beginning.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2013 2:30 PM
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