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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

Interview with Liz Garbus - Director of Love, Marilyn

Liz Garbus takes a well worn subject -- Marilyn Monroe -- and brings a whole new substance and understanding to this woman through her own words.  Using material that has never before been seen or heard, Garbus provides a glimpse into this complicated and very misunderstood woman using well known actors like Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn (who knew Marilyn) and Lindsay Lohan (what must have Lindsay been thinking reading the words of a woman who died so untimely) among many others.  A truly interesting and engaging film.  The film opens to today for a one week qualifying run and will air on HBO in 2013.
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  • November 30, 2012 2:03 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter's Director Roundtable Omits Women

Yesterday was a good day with the Sundance numbers news.  But we were reminded not to get overexcited about those numbers since women directors only made up 17% of the worldwide competition and 30% of the Next section.  Even though we must celebrate the good news that women acheived parity in the US feature and documentary competitions, now is not the time to take the foot off the pedal.  It's time to push it down harder.
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  • November 30, 2012 10:02 AM
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Theresa Rebeck on Leaving Smash and New Play, Dead Accounts

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  • November 29, 2012 9:14 PM
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Sundance Lineup is a Win for Women Directors and for Everybody Who Cares About Movies

For the last couple of years (the time that I have written this blog) I have lived in a world full of disappointment when it comes to film festivals which you can also extrapolate to a world full of disappointment at the opportunities available for women directors. If women directed films can't be seen at festivals then they can't get the next job and can't into the pipeline to make that movie that could potentially be destined for an even larger and more prestigious film festival. That's how we get to a Cannes Film Festival including no women directed movies in the competition.
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  • November 29, 2012 1:53 PM
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Women Make Movies Up for $1,000,000 Prize from American Giving Awards

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 29, 2012 11:28 AM
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Stacie Passon Wins Two Women Directing Awards

Stacie Passon has had a big couple of weeks. First on November 20 she won this year’s IFP Labs/Adrienne Shelly Foundation Director’s Grant for her film Concussion at the Foundation's second annual Woman of Vision Salute which also honored Lena Dunham.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Marian Evans
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  • November 29, 2012 9:50 AM
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Athena Film Festival Honors Gale Anne Hurd with The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award

The third annual Athena Film Festival, co-founded by our own Melissa Silverstein, has announced the recipients for this year’s Athena Film Festival Awards, which honor actors, directors, producers and others involved in the film community for their contributions and leadership.
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  • November 28, 2012 5:05 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Actress Roundtable: Addressing Sexism, the Fight for Parts and Creating Media

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their annual Actress Roundtable issue. This year the list was all white and included Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams and Rachel Weisz all participated. Surprising omissions were Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain (which could have been because of their schedules.) We took the time to listen to the entire hour that was posted and found the roundtable banter between the actresses to be lively and warm. They discussed a wide range of topics including passion projects to terrible directors and addressed their admiration for one another’s work. (Let the fawning begin)
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 PM
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Women Nominees from 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced yesterday. And while some of the results are less than stellar (zero women directed films for best feature (seriously!), no women cinematographers), there is a lot to be excited about including:
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  • November 28, 2012 11:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

We saw Susanne Biers' follow-up film to her Academy Award winning In a Better World at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival where we interviewed the director. Here is a new trailer. As of now there is no North American release date but it will be in 2013.
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  • November 28, 2012 10:01 AM
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