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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

Women's Films Opening - May 25

Films About Women Now Playing
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  • May 25, 2012 12:30 PM
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Women's Films Opening - May 18, 2012

Recommendations for the week:
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  • May 18, 2012 1:00 PM
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Four Steps Back - NO Women Directors in Competition at Cannes

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Cologne, Germany having arrived yesterday at International Frauen Film Festival for the second year in a row.  I came back this year because I had such a great time last year meeting and talking with so many women directors and I really love the people who run this festival.
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  • April 19, 2012 7:18 AM
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Maiwenn's Poliss Scores 13 Cesar Nominations Including Best Director and Best Picture

The Maiwenn directed film Poliss scored the most Cesar nominations -- 13 --  including best picture, best screenplay and best director. 
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  • January 27, 2012 9:25 AM
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Maiwenn Included on Best Director List for France's Lumiere Awards

When I was in Paris in October you could not escape the posters for Maiwenn's Polisse which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film was made for about $7 million and it has already grossed almost $20 million in France where it actually beat The Adventures of Tin Tin for two weeks. It is now rolling out through other territories and will be released in the US by Sundance Selects.
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  • January 4, 2012 10:45 AM
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Cannes Winners: The Women

The Cannes Film Festival concluded last evening and Poliss directed by Maiwenn won the jury prize (which is third place.) The film has been picked up Sundance Selects. None of the other films by female directors won any of the big prizes.
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  • May 23, 2011 12:59 PM
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Cannes Watch: Reviews of Polisse directed by Maiwenn

From Jordan Minzer in the Hollywood Reporter:A powerhouse of emotional jolts, free-wheeling comedy and socially-minded storytelling, Poliss (Polisse) reps an admirable step up for writer-director-actress Maiwenn, and one which should finally expand her audience beyond French borders. This extensive portrayal of officers working in a Parisian Child Protection Unit is packed with raw energy and visceral performances from an accomplished cast, and despite an unwieldy episodic structure, the film touches where it matters most. Read more.
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  • May 16, 2011 2:00 AM
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