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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

Quote of the Day: Dakota Fanning

"It's rare to see women in a film who are not somehow validated by a male, or discussing a male, or heartbroken by a male, or end up being happy because of a male."
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  • May 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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Night Moves Director Kelly Reichardt On How Her "Action Film" Is About People, Not Politics

Of her eco-terrorist film, Reichardt says that she and her writing partner Jon Raymond "started with the idea, 'Why aren't we all out blowing shit up?' And then just sort of walked back from there, trying to answer that question for ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 29, 2014 2:17 PM
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Trailer Watch: Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, and Peter Sarsgaard star as a trio of extreme environmentalists who plan to blow up a dam.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 3:00 PM
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Tribeca FF Announces 10 More Women-Directed Films

Among the ten are Kelly Reichardt, Amy J. Berg, and Gia Coppola.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 7, 2014 2:00 PM
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Introduction to the London Film Festival

Having opened in true Hollywood form on Wednesday night with a gala screening of Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips, the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is well under way.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 13, 2013 7:28 AM
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TIFF: Cinedigm Acquires Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

Out of Toronto, Cinedigm has acquired the rights to Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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TIFF 13 Departure Thoughts

As I get ready to make my departure from Toronto after a whirlwind week there are a couple of things to mention as the festival winds down. I was told that there are 10% less women directors this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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While We Were Away...Some Links of Interest

Here are some links from when we were away that might interest people:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 3, 2013 11:19 AM
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Women Directors News: Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing and Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

As we had previously reported, director Amy Berg, whose documentary West of Memphis screened at TIFF, is directing her first narrative feature Every Secret Thing starring Diane Lane with a script adapted by Nicole Holofcener. Over the weekend it was announced that Berg’s new film will be financed by Merced Media Partners, Palmstar Media Capital and Hyde Park Entertainment. Elizabeth Banks will co-star alongside Diane Lane with the rest of the cast to be announced. Anthony Bregman and Frances McDormand (yes, the actress) will produce.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2012 10:15 AM
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To The Academy: Consider the Women

It's that time of year, The Academy Awards, the "Super Bowl for Women." It's the night where we all get catty about whose dress doesn't work, who's got a new boyfriend or girlfriend, and who looks like they haven't eaten all month.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 23, 2012 10:54 AM
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