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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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Women and Hollywood

Trailer Watch: Studio Ghibli's Eerily Beautiful 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'

Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the princess in the English version of the film.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 21, 2014 2:00 PM
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Women in Animation Rolls Out Mentorship Program

Seeking applicants now!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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BBC Works Around the Gender Problem of Reboots By Turning Some Male Characters Female

A reboot of the "Danger Mouse" cartoon will feature more female characters than the original series.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 7, 2014 4:12 PM
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Lauren Faust to Direct Animated Comedy About Medusa

It looks like Maleficent has paved the way for Medusa.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 6, 2014 1:30 PM
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Pixar to Release Its Second Movie With a Female Protagonist Next Year

Slated for a summer 2015 release, "Inside Out" will focus on an 11-year-old girl's painful move from the Midwest to San Francisco and the emotions -- voiced by Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, among others -- provoked by the life change.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 29, 2014 12:04 PM
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Trailer Watch: Robin Wright Animates Herself in The Congress

Wright plays a version of herself who undergoes cartoon-ification to prolong her stalled career and save her son.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 28, 2014 4:12 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Melissa Johnson (Love in the Time of March Madness)

"I made 'Love in the Time of March Madness' because it's in my bones, literally. It's a dark comedy about my dating life as a woman who hit 6'4" in 8th grade at 127 pounds with size 12 feet -- and lived to tell about it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 3:30 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Anete Melece (The Kiosk)

"Inspiration came from my own [dissatisfaction] while working in an office. So I created a character: a kiosk lady who is literally stuck at her workplace simply because her sweet tooth and monotonous life have made her bigger than the exit."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 14, 2014 12:36 PM
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Tribeca Women DIrectors: Meet Elizabeth Swados (My Depression)

"By keeping it extremely personal, but using line drawings and goofy cartoons, I could get away from the usual cliches that are associated when people talk about their experiences with mental illness."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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With Frozen, Director Jennifer Lee Breaks the Ice for Women Directors

It has taken 53 films, starting with 1937's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' for the Magic Kingdom to reach this historic point. But Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally placed a woman in the director's throne: Jennifer Lee. Happily, her touch is definitely on display in 'Frozen,' which is co-helmed by veteran animator.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 26, 2013 2:30 PM
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