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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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Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette to Star as BFFs in Catherine Hardwicke's Miss You Already

One friend becomes pregnant; the other falls ill.
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  • April 23, 2014 1:00 PM
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Catherine Hardwicke and Marti Noxon Get Series Orders

Cable just keeps getting better.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 11:00 AM
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"No One Can Say it's a Level Playing Field" - Catherine Hardwicke Ignites Discussion on Women Directors

Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen and Twilight, spoke candidly to Variety about her career.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 12:30 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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September Film Preview

As we head out of a strong August for women directed and centric films, we go straight into a Septemeber filled with varied and interesting projects from new and veteran women filmmakers.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Plush - Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

As of late, there hasn't been much news about Catherine Hardwicke's upcoming, Plush, her first film since 2011's Red Riding Hood.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 12:15 PM
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Catherine Hardwicke to Direct Age of Miracles

Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to direct the adaptation of Karen Thompson Walker's bestseller (and one of my favorite books of last year) Age of Miracles.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 5, 2013 12:00 PM
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New York Times Says ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly.’ Should We Wait That Long?

The great Carrie Rickey published a piece in the New York Times this past weekend with the depressing headline ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly’. The piece reported that in 2012, by their count, women directors hit a recent high of 9% of the 250 top grossing films.  That number is up from the 2011 number of  5% reported by Martha Lauzen from the Center for Study of Women in Television at Film at San Diego State.  The number is the highest since 2000 when 11% of the top grossing films were directed by women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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Who Should Direct Catching Fire?

So now it is official and Gary Ross has walked away from directing the sequel of Catching Fire because the production schedule was too tight. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 11, 2012 11:09 AM
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