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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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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland was born in Warsaw, Poland. Her first feature film, Provincial Actors (79), won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes. Her last film, In Darkness, was nominated for an Academy Award for best Foreign film. Her film, Burning Bush, is a special presentation playing at TIFF.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Women Directed Films at 2013 New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival announced their 2013 main lineup. New films from Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland are in the line up.
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  • August 19, 2013 3:00 PM
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Final List for Foreign Films Being Submitted for Oscar Consideration

63 films have made it onto the list to be considered for the 2012 Academy Awards.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 14, 2011 2:42 AM
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Interview with Agnieszka Holland - Director of In Darkness

I was able to interview the Academy Award winning director (Europa Europa) Agnieszka Holland in Toronto at the debut of her new film about the Holocaust, In Darkness. In Darkness is Poland's entry to the Academy Award for foreign language picture.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 28, 2011 4:10 AM
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Good News: Many Films Directed by Women are Being Submitted for Academy Awards for Foreign Films

Something good is going on this year and I've been watching it for the last couple of weeks. The news is that many countries have submitted films directed by women for Academy Award consideration for best foreign film. Only two women -- both Europeans -- have won the foreign film Oscar, one was just last year, Susanne Bier for In a Different World and the other was Agnieszka Holland for Europa Europa. Last year a total of eight films directed by women were submitted.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 22, 2011 2:01 AM
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TIFF: Wuthering Heights Directed by Andrea Arnold and In Darkness Directed by Agnieszka Holland

There is no denying that Andrea Arnold is one of the most interesting and provocative directors working today. If you haven't seen her first two films Red Road and Fish Tank you have missed two very good films. Her third Wuthering Heights premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival to very good notices. I caught it yesterday in Toronto and was surprisingly left underwhelmed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 12, 2011 2:48 AM
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