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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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TIFF: Interview with Sally Potter - Writer and Director of Ginger and Rosa

Originally posted on September 13, 2012. Ginger and Rosa opens in theaters today.
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  • March 15, 2013 9:54 AM
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Trailer Watch: Ginger & Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

Here's the latest trailer of Ginger & Rosa from Sally Potter. It premiered in Toronto last September and has played the festival circuit last year to good reviews.
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  • February 22, 2013 9:57 AM
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New Trailer: Ginger & Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

Sally Potter's gorgeous Ginger & Rosa was one of my favorite films from last year's AFI Film Festival. A coming of age story, set during the Cold War, best friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are inseparable until both step outside of their assigned roles within their friendship to disastrous results.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 9, 2013 12:15 PM
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Looking Back at 2012: Some of Our Favorite Pieces of the Year

Looking back over the last year we are some of our favorite and buzz worthy pieces that ran on the site. We think they are a great overview of what went on for women in and around Hollywood in 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 27, 2012 10:41 AM
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Cross Post: How To Audition Internationally

Wake up and smell the latte. Opportunity knocks all over the world, and the common passport is talent.
  • By Heidi Levitt
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  • November 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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AFI Review: Ginger and Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

In my favorite Anne Sexton poem “Rowing,” one line in particular always sticks out to me: “I wore rubies and bought tomatoes/and now, in my middle age/about nineteen in the head I'd say/I am rowing, I am rowing.” While the characters in Sally Potter’s terrific Ginger and Rosa (superbly played by Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) are 16—the feeling of equal parts exhilaration and complete anguish of being a teenage girl permeates to its core. It echoes Sexton’s sentiment wholeheartedly, that we want youth when we are adults and want to be adults when we are young.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 15, 2012 11:29 AM
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TIFF: Interview with Sally Potter - Writer and Director of Ginger and Rosa

After the dust settles, Ginger and Rosa is going to turn out to be one of my the highlights of the festival. Sally Potter, the brilliant director of Orlando has written and directed a truly accessible coming of age story set during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. It's the story of two sixteen year old girls Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert - Jane Campion's daughter) who are no longer girls but, of course, not yet women. Ginger's parents, the academic philandering narcissist Roland (Alessandro Nivola) and frustrated painter Natalie (Christina Hendricks) are progressive parents giving Ginger a lot of freedom, and while her friend Rosa spends her time exploring her budding sexuality, Ginger on the other hand, is very focused on the fact that the world is on the brink of nuclear disaster. She attends meetings and marches which is not typical for a 16 year old and she relays the fears that everyone was feeling at that moment.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 13, 2012 10:58 AM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: Ginger and Rosa -Written and Directed by Sally Potter

In 1960's London, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (newcomer Alice Englert) are inseperable best friends who discuss everything from politics to hairstyles. But when the Cold War meets the Sexual Revolution, everything changes for the two friends.The film also stars Christina Hendricks and Annette Bening.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 10, 2012 1:30 PM
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The Toronto Experience - Part One

Greetings from the Toronto Film Festival. I touched down on Thursday afternoon and since that moment this has been a serious whirlwind. Since it is my second year I understand is the key is pace and endurance. You have to sprint through the first weekend when everyone in the industry is in town for the big premieres and there are many parties and events to attend. I have gone non-stop for over three days and haven't had a moment to write anything.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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TIFF Preview: The Female Directing Masters Playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto Film Festival opens tonight.  Over the next 10 days there will be a couple of hundred movies to be seen.  This is one festival where you can make a decision to see films by women and see plenty of films.  There are some extraordinarily high profile female directors opening films at the festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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