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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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A List of the Women-Directed and Women-Centric Films Looking for Deals in Cannes

Among them are films by directors Susanne Bier, Jodie Foster, Haifaa Al-Mansour, and Natalie Portman.
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  • May 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Brunei Looking to Distribute Its Own Wadjda

The female-directed martial-arts film "Yasmine" will be Brunei's first commercial film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 25, 2014 2:51 PM
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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 High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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Wadjda Rises Hackles in Saudia Arabia Just By Being Considered for an Oscar Nomination

The film Wadjda is is courting controversy within Saudia Arabia. It has been submitted for consideration for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. Not everyone at home is happy about the issues it raises.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 24, 2013 12:00 PM
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Wadjda to be Saudi Arabia's Oscar Entry

Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first film directed by a woman from Saudi Arabia opened in limited release this past weekend. The film made $40,419 after screening in just three theaters making it the best opening of the weekend amongst other limited release films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 16, 2013 12:56 PM
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Tribeca Rerun: Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

What Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants to do is simple - ride a bike. That shouldn't be so difficult, but when you live in Saudi Arabia, a place where women can't drive, a girl riding a bike in the street is not allowed
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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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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Fall 2013 Preview - The Women

Entertainment Weekly released its annual Fall Preview issue and so we thought it was time to do an overview of the women directed and women centric movies coming out over the next several months.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 13, 2013 12:15 PM
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