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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

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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Trailer Watch - Wadjda - Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

We've written about Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda before and finally the first trailer for the film has been released. Al-Mansour is the first woman to direct and write a film in Saudi Arabia.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Film: 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 Saudia 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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  • April 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: Women Directors

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival announcement is fantastic for both films directed by women and written by. The festival, in its 12th year, will be hosted in locations around New York City from April 17-28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2013 10:30 AM
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Variety Announces 10 Directors and Screenwriters to Watch, 4 are Women

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 10, 2012 3:21 PM
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Trailer Watch: Wadjda - Directed and Written by Haifaa Al-Mansour

As we previously reported, Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda (the first woman from Saudi Arabia to direct a feature) was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Wadjda follows a 10 year old girl, who challenges Saudi traditions in order to get what she really wants--a bike. It will be released in 2013.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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More Women-Directed Films Nab Deals Out of TIFF

While the whirlwind of the Toronto International Film Festival is now behind us, the deals from TIFF are continuing. Over the weekend, many women-created, women-focused films were picked up by major distributors.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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Women Directors Abound at the Venice Film Festival

The news on the prevalence of women directors coming out out of the Venice Film Festival is in stark contrast to the different conversation that came out of Cannes just several months ago. Festival director Alberto Barbera claims that they just programed the movies and then afterwards realized that about 30% of the movies they picked were directed by women. Here's what he said:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 5, 2012 9:14 AM
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