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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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2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival Focuses on Women Directors

The Houston Cinema Arts Society recently announced their lineup for the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. This year in honor of the 40th anniversary of Women Make Movies, the festival is emphasizing women directors. Both the opening and closing films of the festival are directed by women. Opening up the festival is Liz Garbus’s documentary on Marilyn Monroe, Love, Marilyn. And closing out the festival is Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary on Diana Vreeland, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
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  • October 31, 2012 3:13 PM
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Quote of the Day: I Wanted to Show People That Pregnancy is Not a Disability, And a Pregnant Lady Can Be in a Position of Power and Crazy Shit Won't Happen - Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody just had her second child.  She directed her first film Lamb of God while pregnant. She spoke with David Zax at Fast Company about the sexism in the media especially surrounding pregnant women.
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  • October 31, 2012 1:13 PM
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The Refreshing Honesty of Melissa Leo

I find Melissa Leo to be one of the most interesting actors around.  Two years ago she got a lot of shit for creating her own "For Your Consideration" ads for her role in The Fighter when she thought she wasn't get enough attention.  The ads and the aftermath helped elevate her name (remember the old adage - all publicity is good) and she won a very deserved Oscar.
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  • October 31, 2012 11:33 AM
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TV Trailer Watch: The Carrie Diaries - Starring AnnaSophia Robb

The CW recently released the trailer for their prequel series to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries. The show follows Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) in high school, right after she's lost her mother and gets an internship in New York. 
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  • October 31, 2012 10:32 AM
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Political Video of the Day: Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie

In 1984, Jenny Rohrer directed Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie to inform people about the gender gap as the election approached. With real life testimonials from women combined with visuals from cartoonist Nicole Hollander, the film was recently restored by NYWIFT.
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  • October 30, 2012 2:00 PM
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Guest Post: American Mary Sets Out to Modify the Way You Think About Women in Horror

In short, our film American Mary proclaims that she is the story of medical student Mary Mason who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted by medical school and the surgeons she once admired. The allure of easy money and notoriety brings Mary into the messy world of body modification and underground surgery that leaves more marks on Mary than her so called "freakish" clientele.
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  • October 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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Canada Establishing Rosalind Prize for Women Fiction Writers

During the Vancouver Writers Fest, frustration turned into creation. A panel of five women, including the founder of the U.K.’s Orange Prize for fiction, discussed the current state of women’s representations in literature. And the statistics provided by panel member, novelist Susan Swan, were depressing.
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  • October 30, 2012 11:14 AM
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TIFF: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa - Director and Star of Hannah Arendt

Last, but not the bit least is a conversation with master director Margarethe von Trotta along with actress Barbara Sukowa who bring us the story of Hannah Arendt one of the first highly visible female intellectuals of the 20th century.  Arendt, a Jew, escaped from Europe in 1941 after being imprisioned in France.  
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  • October 29, 2012 2:10 PM
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Hollywood Gets Political

With only eight days left before the upcoming Presidential election, more and more of our favorite actors, writers and directors are releasing content in support of Obama. We’ll continue to post interesting political pieces in the remaining days to the election.
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  • October 29, 2012 1:22 PM
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Trailer Watch: Save The Date - Starring Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie

Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan star in Save the Date as sisters, Beth and Sarah, who are dealing with their own respective romantic entanglements. Sarah's in a rebound relationship after rejecting her former boyfriend's unexpected proposal. And Beth is planning her wedding with her long-term boyfriend.
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  • October 29, 2012 9:45 AM
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