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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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Guest Post: Celebrating Woman Directors with a Look Back at Jane Campion’s The Piano

The LA-based org Seeking Our Story, which pursues an alternative film history of women directors, will host Campion's Oscar-winning film.
  • By Samantha Shada
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  • July 18, 2014 1:56 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up - Why Gender Matters

These last 10 days proved that Jane Campion is the spokesperson and leader we need for the issue of women directors and the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 10:25 AM
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Cannes Dispatch: Women Directors Panel Reveal It's a Man's World, Suggest Gender Quota

The cold facts delivered by the EAO panel challenged anyone under the impression that things were getting better for women filmmakers.
  • By Noreen Golfman
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  • May 19, 2014 11:41 AM
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Quote of the Day: Jane Campion Acknowledges the "Inherent Sexism" of the Film Industry At Cannes

"Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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A Call to Action on Behalf of Female Filmmakers

No matter what people say the numbers speak for themselves.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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Jane Campion Close to Deal to Direct The Flamethrowers for Producer Scott Rudin

We will see a lot of Jane Campion over the next two weeks as she chairs the jury in Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 12, 2014 12:43 PM
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No Cannes Do - The Status of Women Directors at Cannes Over the Last Decade

A look at how many women directed films have been in competitions over the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 12, 2014 9:00 AM
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Ukraine is Not a Brothel Director Kitty Green Documents Where Feminism and Self-Objectification Meet

"I asked myself, 'How do I keep making this film if there's this kind of abusive patriarch at the helm?' I had to make a call: Do I just give up and go home because this isn't the film I thought it would be, or do I keep pursuing this and see where the girls go and see if they're ready to break free from him?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2014 11:57 AM
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Jane Campion-Led 2014 Cannes Jury is Majority Female

This is the first women-dominated jury at the festival since 2009.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 29, 2014 10:31 AM
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Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed; Only Two Women Directors in the Main Competition

On the PR bullshit of Cannes festival Thierry Fremaux and the myth of "good enough."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 9:55 AM
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