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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

Trailer Watch: US Trailer for Juliette Binoche's 1,000 Times Goodnight

"These kids can't live in constant fear that their mother's gonna die."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 13, 2014 2:22 PM
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Only 16% of Locarno Film Fest Lineup Directed by Women

The Swiss festival will honor Agnes Varda, Mia Farrow, and Juliette Binoche this year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 16, 2014 3:01 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Spot for Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart Drama Clouds of Sils Maria

Superhero movies scare and depress an aging actress played by Binoche.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 14, 2014 2:01 PM
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  • 8 Comments

Trailer Watch: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

This "All About Eve"-esque melodrama also co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a rising starlet impatient to take Binoche's place.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 23, 2014 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Juliette Binoche in A Thousand Times Goodnight

Emotional detachment is a career advantage for journalists and photographers, but less welcome within the demanding confines of domestic life.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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On the Ground in Berlin

I arrived in Berlin two days ago from NY after the huge success of The Athena Film Festival.  Did you hear we had a blizzard and people still came.  I missed the opening weekend craziness and after the insanity at the beginning of Sundance, I was really glad not to have to deal with it.  To be honest, this festival has a completely different feel than Toronto and Sundance.  It's just more mellow.  Granted, as I mentioned, I did miss the first weekend when all the industry folks are here so I can't compare apples and apples, but this is way more low key.  I am not innundated with press releases and with events, and I really am ok with that.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 14, 2013 5:40 AM
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Elles directed by Malgoska Szumowska

Here are my impressions of the film from the Toronto Film Festival.  The film opens in NY and LA today with a nationwide release it follow.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 27, 2012 10:30 AM
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2012 Berlinale Rolls Out the Panorama Section With Five Films Directed by Women

The program for the 2012 Berlinale is rolling out. 20 international films have been announced for inclusion in the Panorama section. Five are directed by women. Keeping count that is just 20%.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2012 11:39 AM
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