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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

Women and Hollywood on the Road in London and Stockholm

Women and Hollywood is heading to London and Stockholm
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 7, 2014 10:00 AM
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Dorothy Arzner to Receive Career Retrospective

Arzner (1897-1979) was the first woman to make a career in Hollywood making films, the first female member of the DGA, still one of the most prolific women directors of all time (with 16 features), and the inventor of the boom mike.
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  • April 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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Unifrance Exec Spotlights French and American Women Directors

"Since we have a new generation of women being more and more creative and influential in the French film industry, we thought it might be a good idea to present some of them during the Rendez-Vous film festival and share our views and experiences with US women directors."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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SXSW's New Gamechanger Award to Help Fund Women-Directed Films

Gamechanger Films was founded last fall as the first for-profit fund devoted to investing in narrative features directed by women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 21, 2014 3:22 PM
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Claudia Llosa's Aloft Bought by Sony Classics

Starring Jennifer Connelly, "Aloft" is one of the four women-directed films to compete for this year's Golden Bear prize at the Berlinale.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 7, 2014 1:38 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Gina Kim

"Asia is often misrepresented or misunderstood in media. It's an 'exotic other' for mainstream culture in the West. As an Asian female filmmaker, I wanted to celebrate Asia through elements other than martial arts or exotic landscapes. We figured food and family are something uniquely Asian, but also universal that can appeal to larger audience."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 7, 2014 1:30 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Anja Marquardt

"One of the sparks to this film came when I read an article about a Japanese geriatrics care facility that uses robots to 'caress' patients. 'Professional intimacy' -- this idea that there is a separate, slick, exhilarating but also dangerous alternative to 'real' intimacy -- is what drew me to making this film."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 7, 2014 12:00 PM
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SXSW Festival Lineup Features 20 Features from Women Directors

Of the 115 features that will play at the South by Southwest Festival in March 7-15, women filmmakers will be represented in 21, or about 18%, of them.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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Watch the Sundance Spotlight on Women Directors Panel

Indiewire's Thompson on Hollywood founder Anne Thompson moderated a women's director panel focused on women the seemingly ideal but still sexism-plagued documentary genre.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 29, 2014 12:30 PM
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Stephanie Soechtig's Sundance Doc Fed Up Sold

The alarming and attention-grabbing documentary looks at the relationship between the food industry and obesity.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 29, 2014 11:43 AM
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