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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

DVD Giveaway: Name Your Favorite Judi Dench Movie for a Copy of Philomena

Win a signed copy of the "Philomena" DVD and Martin Sixsmith's book!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 15, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 13 Comments

Frozen, Gravity, and Philomena Win at BAFTAs

Co-director Jennifer Lee's "Frozen" was the only woman-led project to take home a trophy at the British Oscars.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 11:22 AM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Best Women-Centric Films of 2013

2013 was another execrable year for female filmmakers, but it was a pretty great one for actresses.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Latest Forbes Piece: A Female Revolution at the Box Office

Now, just in time for Thanksgiving there are multiple films with female leads that people all across the country will be able to enjoy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 24, 2013 3:50 PM
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Judi Dench Releases Funny or Die Video in Ongoing Philomena Ratings Battle (UPDATED)

Philomena co-star Steve Coogan has joined Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein's fight for a PG-13 rating for their adoption drama. Two weeks before the film's release, Dench and Coogan have released a Funny or Die video in which the actors play M and a James Bond-wannabe.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 14, 2013 9:57 AM
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