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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

Amy Pascal Asks Hollywood to Eliminate Gay Stereotypes from Films

Amy Pascal is truly a force. She championed Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty all the way. And at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center gala last week, Pascal asked the industry to take a long, hard look at how LGBT characters are depicted in film. Deadline provided an excerpt from her speech.
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  • March 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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Watch This: Nina Simone Singing "To Be Free"

Legacy Records, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating Nina Simone as their February 2013 Artist of the Month in honor of Black History Month and Simone's 80th birthday.  And a biopic starring Zoe Saldana as Simone is now being edited.
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  • February 21, 2013 1:30 PM
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Rachel Feldman to Direct Lilly Ledbetter Biopic

Lilly Ledbetter has chosen Rachel Feldman to direct a biopic based on her life and her fight for equal pay for women.
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  • February 13, 2013 1:30 PM
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Kerry Washington Wins Big at NAACP Image Awards

Over the weekend at the NAACP Image Awards, Kerry Washington swept the show. She won three awards.
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  • February 5, 2013 12:00 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Wants You to Support Women Working in National Security

Some criticism against Kathryn Bigelow during The Hurt Locker era was lobbed against Bigelow’s statements that filmmaking for her isn’t about breaking gender roles. However, as Jessica Chastain said in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, “when you make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for.”
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  • January 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Watch This: See Jane Trailer from Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Geena Davis's commitment to gender in the media is truly inspiring. See Jane, an affiliated program with her Institute on Gender in the Media, focuses specifically on making sure that children's media has a balanced and varied portrayal of female characters. The below trailer illustrates some of their research findings.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 26, 2012 9:30 AM
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Emotional Creature Celebrates Girls Lives

There have been so few shows and events that truly reveal what it is like to be a girl that when you see truth - the good and the bad - you immediately know that you are seeing something special. For me, the TV show that epitomized girlhood will always be My So Called Life, the Winnie Holzman created show, that ran for one season almost 20 years ago.
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  • November 20, 2012 1:30 PM
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Political Video of the Day: Stockard Channing A is for: Always Remember

National treasure, Stockard Channing, recently did a video for the "A is For" campaign. With a group of women founders including Martha Plimpton, Lizz Winstead and Sarah Thyre, A is For brings awareness about the war on women taking inspiration and reclaiming Hester Prynn's branding in The Scarlet Letter.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 2, 2012 9:37 AM
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Political Video of the Day: Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria Are Voting Obama

In a video for MoveOn.org, actresses Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria give women some of the reasons why they should go vote for Obama in the upcoming election.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 11:30 AM
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Political Video of the Day: Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie

In 1984, Jenny Rohrer directed Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie to inform people about the gender gap as the election approached. With real life testimonials from women combined with visuals from cartoonist Nicole Hollander, the film was recently restored by NYWIFT.
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  • October 30, 2012 2:00 PM
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