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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

Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up - Why Gender Matters

These last 10 days proved that Jane Campion is the spokesperson and leader we need for the issue of women directors and the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 10:25 AM
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Jane Campion-Led 2014 Cannes Jury is Majority Female

This is the first women-dominated jury at the festival since 2009.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 29, 2014 10:31 AM
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Sofia Coppola to Direct Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie

Yes, you read that right.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 18, 2014 3:55 PM
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Latest Forbes Post: Year End Roundtables and Best of Lists Highlight the Lack of Gender Diversity in Films

The awards season is another time of the year where you can literally feel the gender disparity of behind the scenes personnel in the film business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 19, 2013 11:15 AM
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Sofia Coppola's Career in a Nutshell

Sofia Coppola dissected her career with the website totalfilm.com down to a four minute nutshell.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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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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Box Office Report: The Bling Ring Starts Off Hot

Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring opened in five locations this past weekend and grossed $210,000 for a per screen average of $42,000.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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Crystal + Lucy Awards Honor Laura Linney, Women of 'Mad Men' and More

Women in Film LA's annual Crystal + Lucy Awards held earlier this week honored some amazing women and men who have championed women in their professional work as well as their personal lives. The brilliant women of Mad Men were honored as well as George Lucas, Sofia Coppola (whose film The Bling Ring is out today), Rachel Morrison and Laura Linney.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 14, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Bling Ring - Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola

The Bling Ring may be the most anxiety producing film I have ever seen. I sat raptly watching it with deep concern over the state of young people today. Thankfully, I was with two young women who are interns for the Athena Film Festival, who were by the way also very anxious, and they both assured me that not all high school kids are like the kids in the movie. It was a relief, but still, even if most kids are not like those in the film, some kids are. This is the latest film from Sofia Coppola who has made a career of looking at youth, indulgence and fame. What she has accomplished here is to make good movie about a bunch of hateful people.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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Review Roundup: The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring opened up Un Certain Regard at Cannes and the reviews of the film are coming in. Here's a roundup of reviews of the film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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