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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

The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Goodbye to Strong Female Characters

We are so over Strong Female Characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 30, 2013 4:35 PM
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Pussy Riot No Longer a Band; First Russian Screening of Their Doc Canceled

Just a day after newly freed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina announced the disbandment of Russia's most important feminist punk group, the Putin administration canceled the first public screening of the film "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 30, 2013 11:54 AM
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Happy Holidays

Women and Hollywood is taking a break this week
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 23, 2013 7:19 AM
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Weekly Update for End of 2013: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening at the end of 2013.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 4:00 PM
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Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their award winners, among whom Sarah Polley ("Stories We Tell") was the only winner of a category not specifically designated for a women. Nicole Holofcener swept the writing and direcing categories in the "Female Focus" portion of the awards for her winsome romantic comedy "Enough Said."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres is Utterly Charming in the First Oscars Trailer

In the first promo for the awards ceremony, DeGeneres puts her own stamp on the Oscars: cheerful, wholesome, energetic, and eager to please.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 2:00 PM
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Rose Kuo Steps Down as Head of Film Society of Lincoln Center

In a surprise move earlier this week, Rose Kuo announced her resignation from her post as the Film Society of Lincoln Center's executive director.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Feminist Filmmaking Means NC-17 Rating from MPAA

Director Jill Soloway gave a wonderfully insightful interview to Flavorwire yesterday about the crude double standards at work at the MPAA.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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