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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

Celine Sciamma's Black Parisian Drama Girlhood Finds Distribution

Karidja Toure stars as Marieme, a 15-year-old who ditches the only existence she's known to join a clique of tough girls -- and changing her name, her dress, and her life to do so.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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Director Alice Rohrwacher on Her Cannes Grand Prix-Winning Film The Wonders

"Le Meraviglie" follows the coming-of-age of the oldest daughter in a rural family, headed by a domineering beekeeper father, amidst a profound transformation of the countryside where she grew up.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 12:46 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up - Why Gender Matters

These last 10 days proved that Jane Campion is the spokesperson and leader we need for the issue of women directors and the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 10:25 AM
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Female Filmmakers Win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize at Cannes Student Competition

First-placer Annie Silverstein's debut feature now has a guaranteed slot at Cannes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 22, 2014 2:00 PM
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Crosspost: GendRE & IMDb: An Open-Data Analysis of the Film Industry Gender Gap

Hollywood inequality in irrefutable chart form.
  • By Elena Rossini
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  • May 22, 2014 12:30 PM
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Crosspost: Stories About Women Dominate at Cannes, Even If Female Filmmakers Are Rare

Here's Tommy Lee Jones trying to fix what is so clearly wrong with Hollywood's gender imbalance, and here's the status quo rejecting it. Do they reject it because it wasn't that good, or do they reject it because they can't or won't care about a movie that cares about women?
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • May 21, 2014 10:54 AM
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Cannes Sales Roundup: Films Starring Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway Get Distribution Deals

Festival purchases also include Alice Rohrwacher's "Le Meraviglie" and Shira Geffen's "Self Made."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Cannes Dispatch: Women Directors Panel Reveal It's a Man's World, Suggest Gender Quota

The cold facts delivered by the EAO panel challenged anyone under the impression that things were getting better for women filmmakers.
  • By Noreen Golfman
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  • May 19, 2014 11:41 AM
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A List of the Women-Directed and Women-Centric Films Looking for Deals in Cannes

Among them are films by directors Susanne Bier, Jodie Foster, Haifaa Al-Mansour, and Natalie Portman.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Jane Campion Acknowledges the "Inherent Sexism" of the Film Industry At Cannes

"Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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