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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 and Hollywood

Women and Hollywood January 2014 Film Preview

Don't worry, it's not all bad.
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  • January 2, 2014 2:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Francesca Gregorini's The Truth About Emanuel

Starring rising British star Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights), the melodramatic thriller The Truth About Fishes (formerly known as Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes) finds a teen rear-windowing her new neighbor Linda (Jessica Biel).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 15, 2013 11:00 AM
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Emma Watson to Star in Francesca Gregorini's Your Voice in My Head

Emma Watson is set to star in Francesca Gregorini's Your Voice In My Head adapted from Emma Forrest's memoir of the same name.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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Sundance: Tribeca Film & Well Go Pick Up Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes

After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Tribeca Film and Well Go have picked up Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 15, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes - Written and Directed by Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes made its debut at Sundance. The film follows Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) who lives with her father (Alfred Molina) and stepmother (Frances O'Connor). Emanuel hates her birthday because her mother died while giving birth to her. When Linda (Jessica Biel) moves in next door, Emanuel is struck by the resemblance Linda has to her late mother. After she begins babysitting for Linda, Emanuel and Linda begin to spend time together. They develop a quick bond and she becomes deeply involved in a secret of Linda's.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Anticipating Sundance: Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

The happy glow has still not worn off the news that women directors have achieved gender parity in the US dramatic and documentary competitions. (But we must also remember that women are still not there in any of the other categories.) Women directors became the story. Here are some of the headlines: From USA Today: Women directors rule over Sundance Film Festival 2013. From the LA Times: Sundance Film Festival: Female directors take dramatic step forward.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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