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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

'Abuse of Weakness' Director Catherine Breillat on How to Blackmail Isabelle Huppert Into Starring in Your Film

"I made it impossible for [Huppert] to say no."
  • By Anne-Katrin Titze
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  • August 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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August 2014 Film Preview

New films with Robin Wright, Patricia Clarkson, Paula Garces, Christina Ricci, and more.
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • August 1, 2014 1:42 PM
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Catherine Breillat to Make First English-Language Film

The romance "Bridge of Floating Dreams" will be set in Japan.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 12:15 PM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness)

"Abuse of Weakness ('L'Abus de Faiblesse') is the legal definition in France of what I suffered. But it is also in French, a sound, a strangeness more powerful poetically than its legal significance."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 12:34 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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Talking Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland, and agnès b on the Eve of the NYFF

On the eve of the NYFF, Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones and I spoke about three extraordinary filmmakers - Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland who are screening their latest work, and a very personal debut from designer agnès b, who has been a champion of cinema for decades.
  • By Anne-Katrin Titze
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  • September 26, 2013 11:00 AM
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TIFF 13 Departure Thoughts

As I get ready to make my departure from Toronto after a whirlwind week there are a couple of things to mention as the festival winds down. I was told that there are 10% less women directors this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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TIFF 13- Dispatch 1: Mid-Life Women in Crisis

This is my third Toronto Film Festival and I am starting to understand how to manage it. It is an endurance test. You need to go whole hog one day and then back off a little the next in order to make it a whole week. Also it takes a while to put into words what you are seeing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 BFI London Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

The programme for the 2013 BFI London Film Festival has been announced to great fanfare in Leicester Square. When it comes to women filmmakers, the news is as usual a bit scarce, but there are a few gems and intriguing inclusions.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • September 4, 2013 1:30 PM
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Guest Review: The Sleeping Beauty - directed by Catherine Breillat by Emilie Spiegel

There was no way I wasn’t going to love Catherine Breillat’s latest film, The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie). It covers all my bases: female-centric (check), arty and lusciously imagined (check), and of course, French. I love everything I’ve ever seen from Breillat, and her current offering fits in nicely within her oeuvre of sex-positive feminist provocation (with a particular fascination towards youth and adolescence). Her works maintain a poignant paradox that so many films about young people cannot manage; the young heroine in the Breillat imaginary is naïve, yet wise, curious, yet stubborn, innocent, yet awakened. In the case of The Sleeping Beauty, the awakening is both literal and figurative.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 8, 2011 1:45 AM
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