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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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Director Liza Johnson on Exploring Kristen Wiig's Dramatic Side in Hateship Loveship

In her Alice Munro adaptation, Johnson creates another film about a female protagonist who is "teetering on the sidelines of a society she will risk everything to join."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Kristen Wiig in Hateship Loveship

Liza Johnson ("Return") adapts an Alice Munro short story about a naive, lovelorn nanny.
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  • March 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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TIFF: IFC Films Acquires Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship

Out of Toronto, IFC Films is acquiring the U.S. rights for Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship starring Kristen Wiig.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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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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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Liza Johnson

Liza Johnson holds a Masters in visual art from the University of California, San Diego and has had her artwork exhibited in such galleries as MoMA and the National Gallery of Art. Her directorial credits include the short films Giftwrap (98), Falling (04), Desert Motel (05), In The Air (09), and the documentary short South of Ten (06)...
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 8, 2013 11:00 AM
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Women and Hollywood Events in Toronto 2013

I heading up to the Toronto Film Festival for the third time and again the anxiety of creating a decent schedule has set in. We will have a new feature on the site this year - Meet the Women Directors. We sent out some questions to women directors whose films are in the festival and we will be bringing you their answers in the coming days.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women Centric Films in Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Gala & Special Presentation Line Up

After taking a look at the women directed films in the galas and special presentations, we also wanted to take a look at the women centric films that will be receiving lots of attention in Toronto. We are guessing that there will be big stars in attendance like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2013 11:15 AM
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Liza Johnson Directing Kristen Wiig in Hateship, Friendship

Kristen Wiig will be starring in Hateship, Friendship which begins shooting next week in New Orleans.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Return Directed by Liza Johnson

I've been wating for this one since it premiered at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes. It will open in limited release on Feb 10 and on VOD Feb. 28. Linda Cardellini plays a soldier returning from war hoping to pick up her life where she left off, only to realize that it very difficult. It is produced by Meredith Vieira.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2012 10:00 AM
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