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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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Kathryn Bigelow Eyeing Movie Project About Bowe Berghdal

Bigelow would reunite with her "Zero Dark Thirty" collaborators Mark Boal and Megan Ellison.
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  • June 17, 2014 12:05 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Books Her Next Film: The True American

The film is an adaptation of the non-fiction book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" by Anand Giridharadas. Bigelow will direct and produce.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 15, 2014 11:10 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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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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Women Attain Their Highest Level of Leadership at the Academy

Each year the Academy votes in members of the governors board. The board members represent each of the Academy's 16 branches which includes the newly created costume designers branch. As of this year there are three board members for each branch. Members must be re-elected when their terms are up, and can serve three consecutive terms and then they are termed out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 16, 2013 11:14 AM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Senate Drops Zero Dark Thirty Investigation

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2013 12:45 PM
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Standing Up and For Women

When I first started Women and Hollywood I knew that I wanted to the site to support women and their roles and accomplishments in pop culture but I really did not know exactly what that meant.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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Cross Post: Uppity Women: How Maya and Kathryn Bigelow Continue to Threaten the Status Quo

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”  -- Eleanor Roosevelt
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • January 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Michael Moore: Zero Dark Thirty is a Movie About 'How We Don't Listen to Women.'

Always controversial and rarely quiet political filmmaker and author, Michael Moore, has spoken out in defense of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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