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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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AFI: Roundup of the Women-Directed Foreign Language Oscar Entries

This year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will be chosen from a field of 76 entries, with each feature submitted to the Academy by its respective country. Sixteen of these submissions, or just over 20%, are directed or co-directed by women.
  • By Mary Cummins
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  • November 19, 2013 10:11 AM
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Female Filmmakers Sweep Half of AFI Awards

Women directors received half of the awards presented at the closing of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles yesterday. British filmmaker Clio Barnard, whose first narrative feature, 'The Selfish Giant,' has been collecting accolades this award season, won two of the AFI's twelve prizes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Stephanie Martin

Born in Sao Paulo and raised mostly in Buenos Aires, Stephanie discovered her passion for film while at Wellesley College where she studied French and Political Science.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 14, 2013 9:00 AM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Patrice Toye

Patrice Toye was born in 1967 and studied film in Brussels. She has made several short films, documentaries and television programs. In 1995, she wrote the feature Tin Soldier with the support of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Her first feature, Rosie (1998), won several awards on the festival circuit. (AFI)
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Karlyn Michelson

Karlyn Michelson is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia producer and video journalist. (AFI)
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 13, 2013 9:00 AM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Jillian Mayer

Jillian Mayer steeps her artistic practice in the verisimilitude of a generation that came of age in the 1980s. Her video works have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally and film festivals such as SXSW and Sundance.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 12, 2013 9:00 AM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Kasia Roslaniec

Kasia Rosłaniec was born in Poland in 1980. She graduated from Warsaw Film School and also studied at the Wajda School. Her graduation film, Mall Girls, won Best Debut Director at the Polish Film Festival. It was released theatrically in Poland and topped the box office for three weeks.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 11, 2013 9:27 AM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Jenni Toivoniemi

Jenni Toivoniemi studied screenwriting in several international workshops, including Torino Film Lab's Script & Pitch and Berlinale Talent Campus Script Station. She is about to complete her MA in screenwriting and directing in Helsinki's ELO Film School and is developing her next project as a feature director.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 10, 2013 5:00 PM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Katrin Gebbe

Katrin Gebbe attended the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands and received her master's degree in Directing at the Hamburg Media School. Her short, Sores & Sirin, won the European Union's Young CIVIS Media Prize. Nothing Bad Can Happen is her first feature film. (AFI)
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 10, 2013 12:06 PM
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AFI Women Directors: Meet Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan is sick of being just a screenwriter, even though she writes scripts for major studios. Her short film K.I.T. is playing at AFI
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 8, 2013 9:30 AM
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