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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

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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Human Rights Watch Women Directors: Meet Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly (The Homestretch)

"We came to the issue of youth homelessness through a theater program that Kirsten runs each fall with Chicago Public School students. She was shocked to learn that two of the bright, motivated kids she was working with were homeless. It was one of those moments in life when everything just stopped: How could this be? "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2014 1:15 PM
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Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Joanna Lipper (The Supreme Price)

"When I began working on my documentary several years ago, I had no way of knowing that Nigeria would be front and center in news around the world in response to the kidnapping of over 250 schoolgirls. My film aims to provide social, political and cultural context for understanding these recent developments."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2014 2:22 PM
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AFI Docs Women Directors: Meet Laura Naylor (The Fix)

"As a chronic, relapsing disease that takes and destroys lives, addiction lends itself to media representation that is dark and demoralizing. While tragedies are all too often the outcome of this horrible disease, they are not the only stories to be told. This is a story of possibility."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2014 11:35 AM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Gren Wells (The Road Within)

"On any low-budget film, you're fighting the clock, so I implemented a three-take rule for every set-up."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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