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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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Gender Matters: The Sight and Sound Top 50 Films Of All Time List

Yesterday, the twittersphere went a bit wiggy with the once a decade Sight and Sound Top 50 Films of All Time List.  Thie list has been published every 10 years year since 1962 and Citizen Kane made number 1 five time. 
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  • August 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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Drew Barrymore, Amy Berg Announce New Directing Projects

Two exciting new women-directed projects were announced this week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 2, 2012 12:38 PM
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2012 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema Nominees Annnounced

Famed fashion house, Gucci, has announced the 2012 nominees for the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The award, which is for women’s artistic achievement in film, is awarded collaboratively with the Venice International Film Festival. It's a really broad award covering many different areas. Who knows how they will be able to pick the winner.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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Women Directed Additions to Toronto 2012 Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out 60 additional titles today. Here are some of the women directed films in the documentary and vanguard programs. (All Synopses from the TIFF press releases)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2012 1:26 PM
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Trailer Watch: Cloud Atlas - Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski

The Wachowskis are an incredibly successful writing/directing duo best known for the Matrix Trilogy.  They are also known for the cult classic Bound and for writing V for Vendetta.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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Weekly Roundup

Here's a round-up of some of the stories we didn't get a chance to cover last week but wanted you to know about.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2012 9:58 AM
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4 Women Directors in Competition at 2012 Venice International Film Festival

Contrary to the folks at Cannes who seem to not be able to find any women directed movies for their competition, Alberto Barbara has gotten 4 films with women directors (or co-directors) in the competition.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2012 1:20 PM
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The Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart

Yesterday, the highest paid film actress, Kristen Stewart, -- she of Twilight fame -- released a very bizarre press release apologizing to her boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson for her indiscretion with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
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  • July 26, 2012 12:14 PM
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Producer Janet Yang to Receive 2012 Asian American Media Award

Tonight, on the opening night of the 2012 Asian American International Film Festival, Asian CineVision will award Janet Yang with the 2012 Asian American Media Award.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 25, 2012 12:40 PM
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Toronto 2012: Women Centric Galas and Special Presentations

Yesterday we listed the women directed galas and special presentations.
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  • July 25, 2012 11:45 AM
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