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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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Oscar Winner Kathryn Bigelow Nears Completion of Filming Zero Dark Thirty

So the first female best director winner has now completed filming her follow-up film.  That alone is news.  The film which is now called Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden.  What is interesting is while this will clearly be a thriller with lots of war elements like The Hurt Locker, this film actually has female characters in it.  The female cast members include Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle and newly crowned Tony winner Nina Arianda.  I have no idea if their parts are significant in any way but at least they exist in this film since there were no women in The Hurt Locker.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 14, 2012 12:31 PM
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