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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Maria Friedman Talks Directing Merrily We Roll Along

Actress and now director Maria Friedman talks about taking on Merrily We Roll Along. Soon to be seen on screens across the US.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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Best Women-Directed Films of 2013

Seven great films from women this year, as well as five honorable mentions:
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 19, 2013 2:33 PM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Blood-Boiler of the Day: TV Show Canceled for Having Too Many Smart, Interesting Girl Characters

'Tower Prep' creator Paul Dini was told by higher-ups at Cartoon Network to make his female characters "one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 19, 2013 10:00 AM
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Most Popular Women and Hollywood Posts of 2013

Relive the agony and the ecstasy of caring about women at the movies through our list of the year's most popular posts.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 18, 2013 2:28 PM
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Director Jasmila Zbanic Is Wary of Quotas for Women Directors

Award-winning Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic used her time at the Femme du Cinema podium to argue for the need to divide public film funds equally among male and female directors.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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10 Films from Women Directors, Screenwriters, or Stars Added to National Film Registry

The National Film Registry has announced its 2013 list of "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" films to be preserved by the Library of Congress, and 10 of its 25 selections were directed by, written by, or starred women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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Less Than 20% of Black List Scripts Are By Women Screenwriters

Of the 72 screenplays that made it on the List, only 11 of them were wrriten by a female writer, while a 12th was co-written by a co-ed duo. 13 out of 72 amounts to about 18% of the total number of chosen screenplays.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 18, 2013 10:03 AM
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Less than 10% of Oscar-Eligible Films Directed by Women

Of the 289 films that qualify for Oscar consideration, a paltry 25, or 8.6%, were from female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 17, 2013 4:45 PM
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