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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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Director Alice Rohrwacher on Her Cannes Grand Prix-Winning Film The Wonders

"Le Meraviglie" follows the coming-of-age of the oldest daughter in a rural family, headed by a domineering beekeeper father, amidst a profound transformation of the countryside where she grew up.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 12:46 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up - Why Gender Matters

These last 10 days proved that Jane Campion is the spokesperson and leader we need for the issue of women directors and the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 10:25 AM
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Cannes Sales Roundup: Films Starring Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway Get Distribution Deals

Festival purchases also include Alice Rohrwacher's "Le Meraviglie" and Shira Geffen's "Self Made."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Cannes Trailer Watch: Alice Rohrwacher's Le Meraviglie

The trailer for Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes Competition entry "Le Meraviglie" is here. Rohrwacher is one of only two women up for the Palme d'Or this year. The film focuses on "the eldest daughter of a provincial bee-keeping family, whose summer is upended by the arrival of a young German boy and local television competition."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 12, 2014 11:15 AM
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Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed; Only Two Women Directors in the Main Competition

On the PR bullshit of Cannes festival Thierry Fremaux and the myth of "good enough."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 9:55 AM
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Women's Films Opening - June 8, 2012

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 8, 2012 12:32 PM
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