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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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Cannes Sales Roundup: Films Starring Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway Get Distribution Deals

Festival purchases also include Alice Rohrwacher's "Le Meraviglie" and Shira Geffen's "Self Made."
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  • May 19, 2014 1:00 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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Gotham Shows Brie Larson Some Love for 'Short Term 12'

Brie Larson won the IFP Gotham Awards' Best Actress Prize for her luminous performance in the social-work drama 'Short Term 12.' "This might be my only time accepting an award so I want to make sure I get everybody in," she said.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 1:00 PM
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Gotham Awards Announce Nominees for 23rd Annual Ceremony

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) have announced the nominees for the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 24, 2013 12:45 PM
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SXSW Rerun: Interview with Brie Larson - Star of Short Term 12

Short Term 12, written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, was hands down one of my favorite films I saw at SXSW.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 23, 2013 10:20 AM
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August Film Preview

It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Short Term 12 - Starring Brie Larson

Short Term 12, starring Brie Larson, is about Grace, a twentysomething, working at a foster care facility, alongside her co-worker boyfriend (John Gallagher Jr.). Grace is excellent at her job but alongside a surprise pregnancy, she's holding on to a secret that's slowly breaking her down.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 6, 2013 10:00 AM
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SXSW Interview with Brie Larson - Star of Short Term 12

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 26, 2013 12:30 PM
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