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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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Lynne Ramsay and Jane Got a Gun Producers Settle Lawsuit

The "We Need to Talk About Kevin" director can finally put this legal mess behind her.
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  • March 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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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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Lynne Ramsay Responds to Jane Got a Gun Lawsuit

Lynne Ramsay issued a short statement this weekend in response to the lawsuit filed last week by the producers of Jane Got a Gun.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 11, 2013 10:15 AM
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2013 Cannes News- Part 1

Some news coming out of Cannes
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 16, 2013 12:00 PM
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Details Emerge on Lynne Ramsay's Exit

We've been talking a lot about Lynne Ramsay here at Women and Hollywood since her departure from Jane Got a Gun last week. Confirmed details are still scarce, but rumors and commentary have surrounded Ramsay's exit.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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More Lynne Ramsay News

As expected, the initial reports of the Lynne Ramsay departure from Jane Got a Gun were very sketchy. More details are coming out, among them the important detail that Ramsay did not just NOT show up for work, she had actually quit over the weekend when terms and budgets and schedules were not agreed to.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 12:36 PM
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Director Lynne Ramsay Leaves Jane Got a Gun Just As Production Was to Begin

Deadline reported yesterday that director Lynne Ramsay had quit Jane Got a Gun which is to star Natalie Portman the morning production was to have begun -- Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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Gender Matters: The Sight and Sound Top 50 Films Of All Time List

Yesterday, the twittersphere went a bit wiggy with the once a decade Sight and Sound Top 50 Films of All Time List.  Thie list has been published every 10 years year since 1962 and Citizen Kane made number 1 five time. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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Natalie Portman to Team Up with Lynne Ramsay for Western

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 23, 2012 10:57 AM
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