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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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Clio Barnard, Claire Denis Awarded at Stockholm Film Fest

The Selfish Giant is quickly becoming Women and Hollywood most anticipated film of 2014. News came from Stockholm yesterday that Selfish director Clio Barnard was bestowed yet another honor -- the Best Film prize at the Stockholm Film Festival -- for her Oscar Wilde adaptation.
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  • November 18, 2013 12:30 PM
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Claire Denis to be First Woman Director to Receive Stockholm's Lifetime Achievement Award

Claire Denis will be the first female director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Stockholm International Film Festival.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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October Film Preview

Here's a preview of what you should mark your calendars for in October.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Talking Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland, and agnès b on the Eve of the NYFF

On the eve of the NYFF, Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones and I spoke about three extraordinary filmmakers - Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland who are screening their latest work, and a very personal debut from designer agnès b, who has been a champion of cinema for decades.
  • By Anne-Katrin Titze
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  • September 26, 2013 11:00 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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Cannes Unveils 2013 Line Up With One Female Director in Main Competition

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2013 12:39 PM
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  • 11 Comments

Further Breaking Down the Sight and Sound Numbers by Gender

One reader Miran Terzic did some serious work breaking down gender votes in the Sight and Sound Top 50 film poll. If the 197 (I had 196) voted three women would make the top 50, not just one. The ones that would make it would be: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles directed by Chantal Akerman; Meshes of the Afternoon directed by Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid and Beau Travail directed by Claire Denis. Neither Meshes of the Afternoon nor Beau Travail made it onto the full top 50 list.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2012 11:46 AM
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Sexism Watch: Another Movie List Leaves Off Women

So tired of reading these lists that don't include any women.  This time it is AMC's film site which offers up a list of the 50 top directors of all time.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 28, 2012 11:00 AM
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