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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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Ann Hui's The Golden Era to Close Venice Film Festival

The Hong Kong director will also preside over the festival's Horizons jury.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 18, 2014 12:19 PM
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Guest Post: Creating My Film Footprint: The Importance of Women on Both Sides of the Camera

I can remember a few line-producer interviews when the inevitable question would come up: "Can you get the full crew to listen to you? Can you really take control?"
  • By Sylvia Caminer
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  • June 4, 2014 2:06 PM
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30% of Films at Karlovy Vary Festival Directed by Women

Female representation at the Central European festival is slightly higher in the competition categories.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 4, 2014 11:06 AM
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Patricia Clarkson and Debra Winger to Be Honored by Provincetown Film Festival

Clarkson's most recent film, "Last Weekend," will also open the festival.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 11:15 AM
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Cannes Adds Six More Films to Lineup, None Directed by Women

The festival has barely budged toward gender equality since its all-male competition line-up in 2012.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 1, 2014 11:42 AM
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Jane Campion-Led 2014 Cannes Jury is Majority Female

This is the first women-dominated jury at the festival since 2009.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 29, 2014 10:31 AM
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Sundance's Keri Putnam Shares What She's Learned from the Women Filmmakers Initiative

The Sundance Institute is one player in a very complex ecosystem and we feel we have the ability to bring together a conversation among many organizations working in this space. We want to contribute to the conversation.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • April 28, 2014 10:40 AM
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Zero Motivation Director Talya Lavie Wins Top Prize at Tribeca

Lavie also picked up the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, co-presented by Delia Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Cannes Roundup: Few Women Directors at Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week

Among the 19 features selected for Directors' Fortnight, a parallel program to the official selection, only two are from female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:32 PM
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Andrea Arnold to Head Cannes Critics Week Jury

Arnold will lead a five-person team in awarding new filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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