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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 In Film, Los Angeles Announces Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced their Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees for 2013. It's an extremely impressive lineup. The awards, established in 1977, celebrate women and men in the entertainment industry who are doing groundbreaking, creative work to pave the way for others in the industry.
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  • May 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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New Trailer for The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola

As we've recently reported, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring will be opening up Un Certain Regard at Cannes. On the heels of that announcement here comes another trailer for the film.
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  • April 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cannes Unveils 2013 Line Up With One Female Director in Main Competition

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  • April 18, 2013 12:39 PM
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Sofia Coppola Talks Her Directing Style for DGA Quarterly

Sofia Coppola is known for an aesthetically gorgeous certain kind of film about people in some sort of life transition, wanting to become something else. As Coppola herself says in the Spring 2013 profile of her in the DGA Quarterly, "I don't make the kind of movies that lend themselves to wide releases."
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  • April 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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Emma Watson to Receive MTV's Trailblazer Award

Emma Watson is set to receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer award which honors young actors who have created their own unique path in the industry. Last year's recipient was Emma Stone.
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  • April 3, 2013 11:00 AM
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Watch This: The Bling Ring Teaser Trailer - Directed by Sofia Coppola

The teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring has finally dropped. The film, based on true events, follows a group of teens obsesses by celebrity and the power it has in our culture who begin robbing homes in the Hollywood Hills.  Emma Watson play the ringleader and Leslie Mann is her mom.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 11, 2013 11:00 AM
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A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring for June Release

One of our most anticipated movies of 2013, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, was just acquired by A24. Coppola’s film is based on the real life story of a group of rich teenagers who robbed celebrity homes for over a year before getting caught. Adapted from Nancy Jo Sales’ article in Vanity Fair, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” the group robbed homes from October 2008 to August 2009 racking up over $3 million dollars in stolen goods.
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  • January 17, 2013 2:00 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Becomes First Woman to Win Two Best Director Nods from New York Film Critics Circle

Yesterday, the New York Film Critics Circle, a group of 35 critics (but just 8 women) named Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty the best film of the year. 
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  • December 4, 2012 9:58 AM
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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.)
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  • June 26, 2012 9:37 AM
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Happy 100th Birthday Universal Pictures

I get a ton of press releases.  Most of them I don't even read.  This week I got a release about the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures that was made up of 100 fun facts. Not too many of the facts included women so I asked the press folks to give me some important facts regarding Universal Pictures and women, especially women directors.
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  • May 3, 2012 11:36 AM
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