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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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Sherri Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri, Kasi Lemmons to be Honored at Athena FF

The Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival will present former Paramount and 20th Century Fox chief Sherry Lansing with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as salute Sundance Executive Director Keri Putnam, Nashville showrunner Callie Khouri, and Black Nativity director Kasi Lemmons.
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  • December 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Why is Everyone Pointing at Me?

Film composer Laura Karpman shares her thoughts on what it's like to be the only woman in the room and have people point fingers at her -- and why that's a good thing.
  • By Laura Karpman
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  • December 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Black Nativity Director Kasi Lemmons Talks About Langston Hughes, Making a Musical

Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes' musical retelling of the Nativity story in her new film Black Nativity. Lemmons spoke with Women and Hollywood about her attachment to Langston Hughes' work, the new songs she co-wrote for the film, and this year's bumper crop of films about the black experience.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 27, 2013 12:30 PM
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Latest Forbes Post: Year End Roundtables and Best of Lists Highlight the Lack of Gender Diversity in Films

The awards season is another time of the year where you can literally feel the gender disparity of behind the scenes personnel in the film business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 19, 2013 11:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Full Trailer for Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity is based on Langston Hughes' infamous retelling of the Nativity story with an all black cast.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 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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Trailer Watch: Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmon's Black Nativity is an adaptation of Langston Hughes' famed retelling of the Nativity story with an all black cast. Lemmon's take focuses on a teen (Jacob Latimore) who is sent by his single mother (Jennifer Hudson) to stay with her parents (Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker) during the holidays as hard times hit their family.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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Kasi Lemmons Directing Black Nativity Starring Jennifer Hudson

Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve’s Bayou, has begun principal photography on Black Nativity. Shooting began this week in New York City, on the film which is based on Langston Hughes’ 1961 play Black Nativity. Lemmons has adapted the play into a musical starring Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Jacob Latimore.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 31, 2013 12:30 PM
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Film Link Round Up: December 8

Here's some of the women-centric film news that we thought people should know about:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 8, 2012 1:28 PM
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