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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

Trailer Watch: Keira Knightley As You've Never Seen Her Before in Lynn Shelton's Laggies

Knightley doesn't want to accept adulthood in the film that looks like it'll be Shelton's mainstream breakout hit.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 17, 2014 11:08 AM
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Producer Alix Madigan's Sundance Keynote: Instability of Indie Film is Worth the Risk

Madigan was the keynote speaker at the Sundance Producer's Luncheon this year -- an opportunity she used to discuss her love of independent film. Her speech was a reaction to the widely reported departure of veteran producer Ted Hope from the world of filmmaking.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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Lynn Shelton's Laggies Sold at Sundance

Two days after its Friday premiere at Sundance, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Lynn Shelton's arrested-development dramedy "Laggies" had been bought by A24.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Lynn Shelton on the Question that Shapes Her Work and the Beauty of Sundance

"I pride myself on taking premises that seem on paper to seem not particularly promising and then making a movie that, once you watch it, you feel, 'Oh yeah. That actually could have happened in real life.'"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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  • 16 Comments

Anne Hathaway and Chloe Grace Moretz Sign onto Lynn Shelton's Laggies

When Women and Hollywood interviewed Lynn Shelton earlier in the year at Sundance, she mentioned her next project, Laggies, written by Andrea Seigel. Shelton described it about a twentysomething woman, who is passive in her life. When her longtime boyfriend proposes, she freaks out and hides out with her new best friend, a 16 year old girl.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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