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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

Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Girl Most Likely - Written by Michelle Morgan and Co-Directed by Shari Springer Berman

This is Kristen Wiig's first leading role onscreen since Bridesmaids. I hope people are not expecting Bridesmaids 2 because this looks a bit more intense. Formerly titled Imogene, Wiig plays a playwright who has a nervous breakdown and is forced to move back in with her estranged mom (Annette Bening).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 6, 2013 10:18 AM
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Roadside Attractions Picks up Stories We Tell and Imogene

Roadside Attractions has been on a buying binge here in Toronto and has picked up two women directed and written films from TIFF.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 12, 2012 4:23 PM
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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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First Toronto 2012 Lineup News - Women Directors

Unlike the folks at Cannes, Toronto seems to understand that there are many great women directors, making films that can play at the highest level and this year is no different.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2012 1:15 PM
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Indiewire Looks at the Potential Fall Festival Releases

My colleagues at Indiewire have taken an expansive look at 50 films that they would love to see hit the festival circuit this fall.  There are some very interesting women's films on the list. (All descriptions from Indiewire.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 26, 2012 9:37 AM
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The Bridesmaids Effect: Imogene

The folks from Coming Soon have posted some first photos from Imogene the new comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening.   Here's the description from imdb:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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Cinema Verite directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Airs Tonight on HBO

Film is about the first reality TV show and stars Diane Lane as Pat Loud. So I guess we can blame the death of civilization on PBS (how ironic) since they were the ones who aired An American Family and created the reality TV genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 23, 2011 1:12 AM
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