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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

The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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Vanity Fair's Diverse 2014 Hollywood Issue: FINALLY

How wonderfully refreshing.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their award winners, among whom Sarah Polley ("Stories We Tell") was the only winner of a category not specifically designated for a women. Nicole Holofcener swept the writing and direcing categories in the "Female Focus" portion of the awards for her winsome romantic comedy "Enough Said."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Awards Roundup: Europe, Boston, LA, NY Online, British Indies, and IDAs

The first major award weekend yielded honors for directors Susanne Bier (Love is All You Need), Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda), Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell), Jehane Noujaim (The Square). Recognition also went to screenwriters Nicole Holofcener (who wrote and helmed Enough Said) and co-writer Julie Delpy (Before Midnight).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 11:11 AM
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Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of production.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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The Big O: Will Audiences (and Oscar Voters) Surrender to 12 Years a Slave?

Can movie audiences handle the truth -- especially when it's unpleasant to sit through?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 24, 2013 2:00 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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The Women of 12 Years a Slave

As a child my mother, an anthropologist, informed me that my great uncle's mother disappeared from the shores of Lake Victoria or Nam Lolwe, as we call it, when he was a boy. My great great aunt was likely captured during the thriving East African slave trade.
  • By Agunda Okeyo
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  • October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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