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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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2012 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema Nominees Annnounced

Famed fashion house, Gucci, has announced the 2012 nominees for the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The award, which is for women’s artistic achievement in film, is awarded collaboratively with the Venice International Film Festival. It's a really broad award covering many different areas. Who knows how they will be able to pick the winner.
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  • July 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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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 11, 2012

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  • May 11, 2012 12:12 PM
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Trailer Watch: Where Do We Go Now - Written and Directed by Nadine Labaki

The film will open the New Directors/New Films series on March 21 in NYC. Here is an interview I did with Labaki in Toronto back in September where it won the audience award.
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  • March 9, 2012 10:16 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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Final List for Foreign Films Being Submitted for Oscar Consideration

63 films have made it onto the list to be considered for the 2012 Academy Awards.
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  • October 14, 2011 2:42 AM
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Good News: Many Films Directed by Women are Being Submitted for Academy Awards for Foreign Films

Something good is going on this year and I've been watching it for the last couple of weeks. The news is that many countries have submitted films directed by women for Academy Award consideration for best foreign film. Only two women -- both Europeans -- have won the foreign film Oscar, one was just last year, Susanne Bier for In a Different World and the other was Agnieszka Holland for Europa Europa. Last year a total of eight films directed by women were submitted.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 22, 2011 2:01 AM
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Where Do We Go Now? Wins Audience Award at Toronto Festival

Where Do We Go Now? written and directed by Nadine Labaki was the first film I saw in Toronto. As I wrote last week, it's a strong symbol of women sick and tired of the men fighting over nothing trying to make the peace in their small town in Lebanon.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 19, 2011 3:00 AM
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Interview with Nadine Labaki - Director of Where Do We Go Now?

Women and Hollywood: Congratulations. I read your film is going to represent Lebanon in the Oscars. How does that feel?
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  • September 13, 2011 7:00 AM
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Images from Day 2

I'm going to try and take some pictures to help supplement my writings.
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  • September 10, 2011 3:21 AM
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