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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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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen Stop Being 'Very Good Girls'

"Very Good Girls"
Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss co-star in Naomi Foner's directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 4, 2014 3:45 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Quote of the Day: Dakota Fanning

"It's rare to see women in a film who are not somehow validated by a male, or discussing a male, or heartbroken by a male, or end up being happy because of a male."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Night Moves Director Kelly Reichardt On How Her "Action Film" Is About People, Not Politics

Of her eco-terrorist film, Reichardt says that she and her writing partner Jon Raymond "started with the idea, 'Why aren't we all out blowing shit up?' And then just sort of walked back from there, trying to answer that question for ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 29, 2014 2:17 PM
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Charlize Theron Options Mental Illness Memoir for Dakota Fanning

Theron will produce Susannah Cahalan's book "Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness," about a promising young woman afflicted by an extremely rare neurological disorder that renders her clinically insane.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 5, 2014 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, and Peter Sarsgaard star as a trio of extreme environmentalists who plan to blow up a dam.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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  • 16 Comments

TIFF: Cinedigm Acquires Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

Out of Toronto, Cinedigm has acquired the rights to Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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Early Look at the WIGS Channel's Celia Starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney

Premiering on You Tube’s WIGS channel this Friday is Celia—a short film about reproductive rights starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (also a co-creator of WIGS) he talks about the importance of the film:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2012 9:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Now is Good

Dakota Fanning all grown up and falling in love
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 6, 2012 9:40 AM
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  • 4 Comments

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