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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron to Contribute to All-Female Horror Anthology

Dark Sky's announcement that it is compiling a horror anthology called XX with only female directors and protagonists is welcome news. Variety reports: "The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron Karyn Kusama, sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska and Jovanka Vuckovic."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Lifetime's Anna Nicole - Directed by Mary Harron

The late Anna Nicole Smith has been one of the most fascinating and tragic celebrity figures. And Lifetime is telling her story.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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Interview with Mary Harron - Director of The Moth Diaries

Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries hits theatres this week.  It is also available on demand.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2012 11:45 AM
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