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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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 Win Big at Australian Directors Guild Awards

Women won the majority of the major awards at last week's Australian Directors Guild Awards. Cate Shortland won the Best Director award for her film Lore and Rachel Perkins won Best Director for direction of a TV drama series for Redfern Now. Women directors rock it in Australia. Their success is a model that should be studied.
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  • May 7, 2013 10:06 AM
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Interview with Cate Shortland - Director and Co-Writer of Lore

Cate Shortland’s Lore opens on this Friday (2/8) in New York and Los Angeles.
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  • February 7, 2013 9:30 AM
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11 out of 71 Academy Foreign Language Film Submissions Are Directed by Women

For the 85th Academy Awards, a record-breaking 71 countries have submitted films to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. However, according to our research, only 11 of those 71 films are directed by women. Last year, women directed 10 out of the 63 films submitted. Granted, we don’t know yet which films will end up in the category, but Cate Shortland’s Lore, Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void and Ursula Meier’s Sister are all garnering some buzz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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TIFF: Interview with Cate Shortland - Director and Co-Writer of Lore

Lore is Cate Shortland's second film after the exciting Somersault. It is a bold look at a young girl who lived her whole life in the belly of the Nazi beast and had no perspective on anything outside her world. She was brainwashed by the culture that she could not comprehend both the end of the war and the fact that her parents became war criminals. She was forced to take care of her younger siblings as her parents were jailed and she was forced to grow up immediately and get them across Germany on no money and as the children of Nazi leaders. She uses her smarts and ingenuity and is forced to deal with the fact that everything that she knew about the world has now changed. It is not a classic look at the Holocaust and World War II, but it is an interesting take that expands the narratives we typically see about this time period.
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  • September 25, 2012 10:43 AM
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The Toronto Experience - Part One

Greetings from the Toronto Film Festival. I touched down on Thursday afternoon and since that moment this has been a serious whirlwind. Since it is my second year I understand is the key is pace and endurance. You have to sprint through the first weekend when everyone in the industry is in town for the big premieres and there are many parties and events to attend. I have gone non-stop for over three days and haven't had a moment to write anything.
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  • September 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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TIFF Preview: The Female Directing Masters Playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto Film Festival opens tonight.  Over the next 10 days there will be a couple of hundred movies to be seen.  This is one festival where you can make a decision to see films by women and see plenty of films.  There are some extraordinarily high profile female directors opening films at the festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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Toronto Trailer Watch: Lore - Directed by Cate Shortland

Australian Director Cate Shortland's first film Somersault was great and this film looks to be even better. This is one at the top of my list to see in Toronto. Music Box has the US rights but no release date has been set.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2012 10:30 AM
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First Toronto 2012 Lineup News - Women Directors

Unlike the folks at Cannes, Toronto seems to understand that there are many great women directors, making films that can play at the highest level and this year is no different.
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  • July 24, 2012 1:15 PM
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Locarno Film Festival Lineup: 2 Women Directed Films In Competition

On Wednesday, the Locarno Film Festival announced its lineup for in-competition films and the Piazza Grande program. Held from August 1-11, Locarno is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, currently in its 65th year.
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  • July 13, 2012 12:46 PM
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