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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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Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre: "We Don't Make Abortion Funny. We Make a Character Funny."

Robespierre also discusses her influences, her challenges on set, and finally quitting her day job.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 6, 2014 11:18 AM
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Guest Post: How to Carry the Collaborative Spirit into the Realm of Distribution

Take the 2014 Summer Indie Movie Challenge!
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • May 30, 2014 5:00 PM
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Guest Post: For Female Indie Filmmakers, The Woman-Child Wins: Obvious Child and Zero Motivation

Though the man-child has been plastered on the big screen, the woman-child rarely makes it up there. Generally peered at through the almighty male gaze, she is either secluded onto an easily toppled romantic pedestal or tossed aside into the supporting category of awkward unsexual female friends.
  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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NYC Women Filmmakers Mentor Each Other

The rapidly growing Film Fatales hope to add chapters in other cities soon.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 6, 2014 10:00 AM
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Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre Signs Second Picture

Robespierre will helm and co-pen a comedy about divorce.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 1, 2014 2:20 PM
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Trailer Watch: Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

Writer-director Gillian Robespierre resuscitates the romantic comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 16, 2014 3:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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A Third of New Directors/New Films FF Lineup Directed by Women

Nine emerging female helmers will have their works featured at the 43rd New Directors/New Films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 21, 2014 11:58 AM
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Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child Sold at Sundance

Just a couple of days after it acquired Lynn Shelton's "Laggies," A24 has picked up Gillian Robespierre's debut feature, the Jenny Slate-starring indie rom com "Obvious Child."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 21, 2014 11:30 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Gillian Robespierre

"We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women's experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren't sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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