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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

Interview with Abbie Cornish - Star of The Girl

Abbie Cornish is one of the most talented and interesting young women working in film today. She was introduced to the world in Cate Shortland's Sommersault but broke through in Jane Campion's Bright Star. It is her ability to be still and convey tons of emotion that set her apart. She takes on the role of Ashley a struggling young mother in South Texas right on the Mexican border who has lost her son to the system and lost herself in the process. She is willing to try anything to get her son and herself back. Her attempt has tragic consequences and in the aftermath she learns a lot of important lessons which help her on her road to get her life and her son back.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 14, 2012 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Girl - Starring Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish stars in The Girl, as a young mother, Ashley, who loses custody of her young son because of a lack of money. When she decides to smuggle immigrants over the border for money, things take a turn for the worse, and Ashley is left to care for a young parentless Mexican girl. Cornish's performance is garnering great reviews.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 12, 2012 12:24 PM
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Trailer Watch: W.E. directed and co-written by Madonna

I totally want to see this.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2011 9:24 AM
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