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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

LFF Interview with Flora Lau - Director of Bends

The title of Flora Lau's debut feature film, Bends, refers to the winding river that separates Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 21, 2013 1:00 PM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Chloe Ruthven

Chloe Ruthven's first feature, Mario and Nini, followed two nine-year-old boys over five years, as she struggled to help them find alternatives to a life of crime. The film premiered at Sheffield Documentary Festival in 2008, and bought by Sky 1, where it was widely reviewed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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LFF Interview with Destiny Ekaragha - Director of Gone Too Far!

Destiny Ekaragha's debut feature film, Gone Too Far!, follows two incredibly well received short films, Tight Jeans and The Park, onto the screens of her local film festival, the BFI's LFF. But those films were back in 2008 and 2009, so the audience has been waiting to see her debut as a feature length director.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 18, 2013 12:00 PM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Elina Psykou

Born in Athens, Greece in 1977, Elina Psykou studied Film Direction at Lykourgos Stavrakos Film School and Sociology at Panteion University, both in Athens. She continued her studies receiving her MA (DEA) in Cultural History in Paris, France (EHESS).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 18, 2013 10:00 AM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Chiemi Karasawa

Chiemi Karasawa founded Isotope Films in 2005 to develop and produce original content based on non-fiction material. Her award-winning work as a producer includes Billy the Kid, The Betrayal, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, Elevate and Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is her directorial debut.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 17, 2013 3:01 PM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis is an award-winning Palestinian American filmmaker who received her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: London Film Festival - Shorts Short on Women Directors

I'm a big fan of short films and generally go to a lot of the programmes of these that the LFF curate. This year we've booked five, and our first was a comedy lineup. Before the screenings began, five of the directors stood up - and they were all men. Sure enough, all eight films turned out to be directed by men.
  • By Paul S.
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  • October 15, 2013 11:30 AM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Chika Anadu

Chika Anadu's debut feature film, B For Boy, is in competition in the London Film Festival's first feature section. Having delivered two ambitious and acclaimed short films on a similar subject, Chika has delivered an incredibly bold, strong film about what it means to be a woman in modern day Nigeria.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 14, 2013 10:00 AM
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Introduction to the London Film Festival

Having opened in true Hollywood form on Wednesday night with a gala screening of Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips, the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is well under way.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 13, 2013 7:28 AM
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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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