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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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Asian American Festival to Feature Asian Women Filmmakers Panel

Titled "Asian Women Filmmakers Taking on the Wider World," the panel will explore filmmaking in an ever globalizing world.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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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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Catherine Deneuve to Lead Dinard Film Festival Jury

The French legend will take over the head juror's chair from director Eric Cantona.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 7, 2014 12:23 PM
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Munich Film Festival to Honor Isabelle Huppert with Lifetime Achievement Award

The festival will also screen the French actress' latest film, "Paris Follies."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 2:28 PM
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Women Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

"Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 23, 2014 12:33 PM
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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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