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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 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 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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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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Ukraine is Not a Brothel Director Kitty Green Documents Where Feminism and Self-Objectification Meet

"I asked myself, 'How do I keep making this film if there's this kind of abusive patriarch at the helm?' I had to make a call: Do I just give up and go home because this isn't the film I thought it would be, or do I keep pursuing this and see where the girls go and see if they're ready to break free from him?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2014 11:57 AM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Julie Bertuccelli (School of Babel)

"[My subjects] are Irish, Senegalese, Brazilian, Moroccan, Chinese: 24 students, 24 nationalities. They are between 11- and 15-years-old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same [language and cultural] adaptation class at a Parisian secondary school."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 28, 2014 2:30 PM
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Study: French Film Industry Suffers Gender Gap in Employment, Budgets

French women directors are much better represented in their industry than their counterparts in many other countries, but they still have a ways to go.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 2:04 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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France Pushes for Gender Equality in the Film Industry

France is setting up a sex equality charter for improving the numbers of women working within the film industry.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 16, 2013 12:15 PM
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