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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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Women and Hollywood

Female Film Industry Heavyweights Support Fledgling Female Directors

Jane Campion, Helen Mirren, and Sienna Miller are among the participants of a wonderful new initiative to highlight the next generation of female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 7, 2014 3:00 PM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Director Jasmila Zbanic Is Wary of Quotas for Women Directors

Award-winning Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic used her time at the Femme du Cinema podium to argue for the need to divide public film funds equally among male and female directors.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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Golden Globe Noms Reflect the Status Quo of Hollywood Sexism

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards have us excited about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's return to hosting duties and... that's about it. With no women directors of live-action films or female screenwriters among the film nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inadvertently exposed the Grand Canyon-esque gender gaps in the movie industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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Guest Post: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Gender Equality?

As an Australian I've long believed that my home country's industry was a bit more progressive than America's. For instance, our homegrown annual awards formerly known as the Australian Film Institute Awards recognised their first female director winner way back in 1979 with Gillian Armstrong for the classic My Brilliant Career.
  • By Glenn Dunks
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  • August 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Jane Campion on Television, Women and Being 'Untameable'

In a new interview with The Telegraph, Jane Campion talks at length about Top of the Lake--her excellent miniseries which just premiered in the UK starring Elisabeth Moss as a detective looking into the disappearance of a young pregnant girl.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2013 11:25 AM
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Jane Campion to Receive Carrosse d'Or

At next month's Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion will receive the Carrosse d'Or.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 10, 2013 10:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: Top of the Lake - a Mini-Series Directed by Jane Campion

It's always important to note when something by Jane Campion is about to be released. Next week starts a seven part mini series Top of the Lake written and directed by Campion. It stars Elisabeth Moss as a tough young detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teenager in the isolated backwoods of New Zealand. It premiered earlier in the year at Sundance and Berlin. Holly Hunter also stars.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Jane Campion Named President of 2013 Cannes Short Film Jury

In exciting news from Cannes, Jane Campion has been named president of the Short Film Jury and the Cinefondation at this year’s festival.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sundance Interview with Sarah Barnett, General Manager of the Sundance Channel

We got to spend a couple of minutes at Sundance with the woman behind the Sundance Channel, Sarah Barnett. We don't get to talk to executives too often so it was really nice to get her perspective.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 6, 2013 1:30 PM
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