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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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Andrea Arnold's New Film American Honey: Her First Picture Set in the U.S.

"American Honey" will focus on a runaway teenager making her way around the United States.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 8, 2014 12:30 PM
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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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Rebecca Zlowtowski to Head Two Cannes Juries During Critics' Week

Plus more good news out of Un Certain Regard.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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Andrea Arnold to Head Cannes Critics Week Jury

Arnold will lead a five-person team in awarding new filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Director Andrea Arnold On Her Next Film: "It's Going to Involve Lots of Wild Kids, Rihanna and a Bear."

Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights director Andrea Arnold recently spent over a month in the U.S. as the first filmmaker-in-residence at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Her residency coincided with the most recent New York Film Festival. She answered some questions via e-mail for Women and Hollywood upon her departure from the U.S.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 1:00 PM
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Women Director News: Andrea Arnold Filmmaker in Residence and Catherine Hardwicke to Direct MTV Pilot

Two great women directors have recently been in the news. Andrea Arnold has been named the Filmmaker in Residence for the 51st New York Film Festival and Catherine Hardwicke will be directing a pilot for MTV.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2013 10:15 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 15 Female Directors Who Made Their First Feature After Turning 40

Two weeks ago, this column profiled ten female directors aged 40 or younger . My reasons for imposing an age limit were clearly stated, but it had the unfortunate side effect of excluding an entire demographic from the conversation - one that has a sorry history of receiving such treatment in Hollywood.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • August 12, 2013 11:15 AM
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The Ugly Intricacies of Desire in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights

Tackling a beloved and classic piece of literature to interpret into film is not an easy task and one that director Andrea Arnold typically doesn’t like to do. But after the idea to direct an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights got stuck in Arnold’s head—it stayed there.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 5, 2012 9:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: Wuthering Heights - Directed by Andrea Arnold

The brilliant director of Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold has adapted Emily Bronte's classic novel, Wuthering Heights starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson. Co-written by Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, the film follows the intense and volatile relationship from childhood to adulthood between orphan Heathcliff and his foster sister Cathy. Wuthering Heights opens in New York on October 5 and Los Angeles on October 12.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 12, 2012 9:25 AM
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Cross-Post: A Heroine's Journey

The world has moved on but I’m still obsessing about why, for the second time in three years was there no films directed by a woman in the main competition at Cannes this year. I mean I know it’s only one festival but it’s by far the most prestigious and really that kind of omission is much more than the sum of its parts. It really does beg the larger question of why? Why are there so few females being recognized for excellence? This is 2012 for God’s sake, we’ve been writing books, winning literary awards, hung in national galleries, directing operas and ballets, running theatre companies for years now so what is it that is denying us a larger quota of recognition of film-making?
  • By Rachel Ward
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  • June 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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