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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

Sundance Award-Winning Rich Hill Director Tracy Droz Tragos on the Injustice of Rural Poverty and How Motherhood Can Open Doors to Documentarians

"Rich Hill"
"We saw how many families were living on so very little and truly struggling, [and] we wanted to give them a voice.”
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • August 1, 2014 11:05 AM
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Director Leigh Silverman on Mounting the Broadway Musical Violet and Working with Sutton Foster

"Design-wise, it all starts with [Violet's] scar as metaphor -- we don't see the scar, but every character on stage reacts to it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2014 11:34 AM
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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Amanda de Cadenet on Becoming the Newest Women in Late-Night TV and How Chelsea Handler Opened Doors for Her

"Some people would say having a feminist perspective is political, but I don't think it is. I think it's just having a female perspective."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2014 12:11 PM
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A Five-Star Life Director Maria Sole Tognazzi on Rejecting the Trope of the Selfish Career Woman

"My mother’s family owned many historic hotels in Rome, so the idea of ​​making a film entirely in hotels fascinated me."
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • July 18, 2014 1:52 PM
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Patricia Arquette on Why Boyhood is Winning Over Audiences and Why She Loves Network TV

Arquette also talks about "Boyhood's" unusual shooting circumstance: "Because we didn’t have a script so far in advance, I had to figure out how to play them basically the night before."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2014 11:49 AM
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Land Ho! Director Martha Stephens on Her Raunchy Comedy About Two Old Men and Her Unlikely Muse

"Maybe because I’m a girl, maybe because Aaron has made more movies than I have -- you’ll read a tweet, or you’ll have an interview where they only make eye contact with him the whole time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 10, 2014 2:47 PM
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Redemption Trail Director Britta Sjogren Talks About Her Modern-Day, Northern Californian Feminist Western

"It was interesting to think about how to recast the men as representatives of hearth and home, whereas the women are wary of the loss of freedom that comes with commitment."
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:31 PM
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Bound by Flesh Director Leslie Zemeckis on the Love Story Between Two Conjoined-Twin Sisters

At the height of their fame, conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton were the toast of vaudeville. By the end of their lives, they were unhappy supermarket clerks in small-town North Carolina.
  • By Alice Thorpe
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  • June 26, 2014 1:12 PM
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Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Zeina Daccache (Scheherazade's Diary)

"My films are done with the minimum shooting material required (we only use daylight, the sound boom is held by the prison inmates, etc.)"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2014 2:15 PM
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