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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: Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell Battle for Sexual Dominance in Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie

A noblewoman (Chastain) and her father's valet (Farrell) lose themselves in a game of erotic control.
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  • July 25, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: Watch Out, Toronto - The Great Kate, Dame Maggie, and Some Stellar Female Directors Are Coming Your Way

Also at Toronto this year: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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Only 10% of Toronto Lineup So Far Directed by Women

New films from Susanne Bier, Isabel Coixet, Liv Ullmann, and Mia Hansen-Love make the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 12:07 PM
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The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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Jessica Chastain to star in Miss Julie - Directed by Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann, director and muse of Ingmar Bergman, is set  to direct an adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.  Set in 1874, the play explores the title character’s relationship with a servant named Jean.  It was a controversial play at the time it was written due to its exploration of gender, class, societal roles, identity, love, sexuality and power.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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Interview with Liv Ullmann and Dheeraj Akolkar - Star and Director of Liv & Ingmar

When you are given an opportunity to meet a legend in the film business you don't turn it down.  So I headed to meet Liv Ullmann who has appeared in more movies than I can count and as of late has became a great director.  She directed Cate Blanchett in the terrific revival of A Streetcar Named Desire which I saw in NY a couple of years ago. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 9, 2012 11:09 AM
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