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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

Guest Post: Cinema Eye Honors 2013 Nominations

In her latest research, Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation on Festival Films (2011-2012), Martha Lauzen found that in selected film festivals 39% of documentary directors were women, compared with 28% in her similar survey from 2008-2009. This finding confirmed anecdotal evidence that women direct more documentaries than narratives, where in the same period the percentage of women directors rose from 15% to 18%.
  • By Marian Evans
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  • November 4, 2012 11:15 AM
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Chatting with Keenan Novi - Student at Temple University

I don't get to talk about the big picture very often and I am always happy to talk with a student. I also love to talk with men who are interested in the topic.  Keenan Novi got in touch with me interested in speaking about a variety of issues and I was happy to oblige.  Hope he gets a good grade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 3, 2012 5:45 PM
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Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

This was originally posted on April 9, 2012. Vamps is in theaters now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 3, 2012 5:34 AM
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Watch This: Stella is 95 - Airing on PBS

The documentary, Stella is 95, is airing on PBS throughout November. Directed by Robin Baker Leacock, the documentary follows 95 year old Stella, a woman who doesn't see her age as any impediment to continue living her life to the fullest.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 2, 2012 10:30 AM
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Political Video of the Day: Stockard Channing A is for: Always Remember

National treasure, Stockard Channing, recently did a video for the "A is For" campaign. With a group of women founders including Martha Plimpton, Lizz Winstead and Sarah Thyre, A is For brings awareness about the war on women taking inspiration and reclaiming Hester Prynn's branding in The Scarlet Letter.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 2, 2012 9:37 AM
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Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

Adding more lady power to the evening, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that they will be honoring Jodie Foster with the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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Women Created and Centric TV News Roundup - November 1

With every roundup we do, we get more excited and hopeful for the upcoming crop of future TV shows by and about women. With projects from Jennifer Garner, Shonda Rhimes and Oprah—there is bound to be some interesting and nuanced portrayals of women headed to your TV screen. (We hope)
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 1:20 PM
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Political Video of the Day: Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria Are Voting Obama

In a video for MoveOn.org, actresses Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria give women some of the reasons why they should go vote for Obama in the upcoming election.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 11:30 AM
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Off Topic- The New New York City Normal Post Sandy

I just want to thank people for all their concern in the wake of Sandy.  I am fine.  I am lucky.  My neighborhood escaped with relatively little damage.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 1, 2012 10:50 AM
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Trailer Watch: Breaking the Girls - Directed by Jamie Babbit

IFC recently aquired the rights to Breaking the Girls from Jamie Babbit best known for But I'm A Cheerleader The script is co-written by Go Fish writer, Guinevere Turner, and follows two college friends (Madeline Zima and Agnes Bruckner) who plan to kill their respective enemies.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 10:15 AM
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