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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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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Best Women Directed Documentaries of 2013

This year saw the release of many wonderful docs, but five stood out to us as deserving of extra praise.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 3:33 PM
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Five Women Directors Make the Documentary Oscar Shortlist

Once again, the Oscar documentary shortlist for the 2014 ceremony, announced yesterday, is an idiosyncratic mix of crowd favorites and obscure titles.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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IDA Documentary Awards Announces 2013 Nominations

IDA has announced their 2013 Documentary Awards nominations. Among them are some of the best female directed documentaries of the year including Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell and Jehane Noujaim's The Square.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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Trailer Watch: Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The official trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Sundance hit, Blackfish, was recently released. Intense is the only way to describe it. It feels a lot like The Cove about dolphins in Japan.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 7, 2013 10:00 AM
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Sundance Watch: Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Blackfish, a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, has been getting a lot of buzz at Sundance since its premiere. The doc follows the history of killer whales in captivity leading up to 2010, where Tilikum, a captive whale, killed several trainers. The film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 25, 2013 9:15 AM
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