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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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17% of Venice Film Fest's Main Lineup Directed by Women

Only 2 of the 19 films in the main competition are from female filmmakers.
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  • July 24, 2014 2:45 PM
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Lisa Cholodenko to be Guest Director of LA Film Festival

Previous LAFF guest directors have included David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow and Alfonso Cuaron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 9, 2014 12:00 PM
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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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Olive Kitteridge Gets HBO Miniseries Treatment with Lisa Cholodenko and Frances McDormand

Elizabeth Strout's Pulitizer winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, is set for a four-hour miniseries at HBO.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 6, 2013 11:30 AM
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Lisa Cholodenko And Kathleen Kennedy Elected to Academy's Board of Governors

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected new members to the board of governors. There are two new members, director Lisa Cholodenko and producer Kathleen Kennedy. Kathleen Kennedy has previously been on the board and Cholodenko is a first time board member elected to the remaining two years of Paul Mazursky's term.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2012 4:32 PM
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Best Seller Gone Girl to be Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Gillian Flynn’s wildly popular novel, Gone Girl, which has topped the New York Times Bestseller List for the last two weeks, has been acquired by 20th Century Fox in a seven figure deal. The novel, about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary with all evidence pointing to her husband, will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's production company Pacific Standard with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing with Leslie Dixon.  Flynn will write the screenplay.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 16, 2012 12:38 PM
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Do You Think There is a Glass Ceiling for Women Directors?

Apparently Columbia University's film school doesn't think so.   They are holding a panel at their 25th anniversary film festival on May 9 entitled: What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia’s Women Filmmakers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 29, 2012 9:52 AM
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Oscar Watch: Looking at Gender and the Oscars

Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and Stephanie Gall of USC have taken a look at gender onscreen and behind the scenes in the best picture nominees over the last 30 years.  There are two sets of findings - films made from 2007-2010 (so that would be the Oscars from 2008-2011, and films from 1977-2010.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 23, 2012 10:02 AM
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Women Directed Movies in 2011

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter roundtable on directors made me crazy, but it also made me think.  While I will give them no leeway on the ridiculous comment asking the directors to name a major movie directed by a woman this past year, I thought it would be good to look at ALL the movies directed by women this year in order to get a decent assessment of where we are going on two years after Kathryn Bigelow won the best director award.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 10:49 AM
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