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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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Women and Hollywood

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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  • 1 Comment

Melissa Leo Steps Up to Fund Women Screenwriters

Having distinguished herself onscreen, Leo is doing the same behind the scenes. At the Whistler Film Festival, a showcase and celebration of new Canadian talent, Leo answered a "ballsy" call for increased funding for women screenwriters.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 10, 2013 4:34 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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Putting an Oscar Campaign on Your Credit Card

Oscar nominations close tomorrow (there has been trouble with the on-line voting) and one woman hoping to make the cut is Ann Dowd who has already received accolades for her performance in the creepy (but good) film Compliance. Look at Dowd and you will recognize her. I watched Philadelphia again over the holidays (for the zillionth time) and there she was as Tom Hanks' sister.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 3, 2013 10:03 AM
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The Refreshing Honesty of Melissa Leo

I find Melissa Leo to be one of the most interesting actors around.  Two years ago she got a lot of shit for creating her own "For Your Consideration" ads for her role in The Fighter when she thought she wasn't get enough attention.  The ads and the aftermath helped elevate her name (remember the old adage - all publicity is good) and she won a very deserved Oscar.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 31, 2012 11:33 AM
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