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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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Jennifer Lawrence to Produce/Star in Susanne Bier's Rules of Inheritance

Jennifer Lawrence is taking it to the next level. She is set to star in and produce The Rules of Inheritance based on Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir of the same title.
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  • June 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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TIFF Rerun: Interview with Susanne Bier - Director of Love Is All You Need

Originally published on September 19. Love Is All You Need opens in limited release on Friday.
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  • May 2, 2013 6:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need follows Ida (Trine Dyrholm), who recently has lost her hair to cancer and then finds out her husband is having an affair. She travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets Philip (Pierce Brosnan) who is the father of the groom. The two decide to travel together and sparks fly. Love Is All You Need will have a limited release in the U.S. on May 3rd.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 28, 2013 10:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

We saw Susanne Biers' follow-up film to her Academy Award winning In a Better World at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival where we interviewed the director. Here is a new trailer. As of now there is no North American release date but it will be in 2013.
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  • November 28, 2012 10:01 AM
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TIFF: Interview with Susanne Bier - Director of Love Is All You Need

At the Toronto Film Festival you see a lot of heavy movies really early in the morning. Love is All You Need was a most welcome respite from the intensity that was around at the festival. Academy Award winning director Susanne Bier operating at the top of her game goes in a completely different direction with this lush (it takes place in Italy) and romantic piece that stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm as people from two different worlds who happen to be the parents of a couple about to get married in a villa in Italy. The movie is so beautifully shot that it made my pine for the blue skies of Italy. The story is way more complex than a typical romantic comedy but it is also very accessible and because of Pierce Brosnan (who thankfully does not sing) this film will play even wider in the English speaking world. This was one of the films I really liked at the festival.
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  • September 19, 2012 5:29 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.
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  • September 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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4 Women Directors in Competition at 2012 Venice International Film Festival

Contrary to the folks at Cannes who seem to not be able to find any women directed movies for their competition, Alberto Barbara has gotten 4 films with women directors (or co-directors) in the competition.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2012 1:20 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.)
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  • June 26, 2012 9:37 AM
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The Depressing Reality of Women Directed Films in 2012

I really wish I wasn't writing this but over the last couple of days it has become clear to me that 2012 could be another depressing year for women directed films.  I started feeling sad last week when I was leafing through page after page of the Rentrak list of films with release dates in 2012 and had a hard time finding any women directed films on the list.  I know that list is always a work in progress, but still it was depressing.
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  • March 6, 2012 12:08 PM
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Agnieszka Holland is the Only Remaining Female Director with a Shot at the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

We all know that only one woman -- Kathryn Bigelow (and it has been a long time since we uttered her name) -- has won the best director honors. But there have been other women acknowledged for their films in the best foreign language category. Marleen Gorris won for Antonia's Line. Caroline Link won for Nowhere in Africa. And just last year Susanne Bier won for In a Better World.
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  • January 19, 2012 9:45 AM
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