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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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Feminist Filmmaking Means NC-17 Rating from MPAA

Director Jill Soloway gave a wonderfully insightful interview to Flavorwire yesterday about the crude double standards at work at the MPAA.
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  • December 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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Study: PG-13 Movies Have More Gun Violence than R-Rated Ones; Sex Still Taboo

A study shows popular PG-13 movies to contain more instances of gun violence than their R-rated counterparts.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 12, 2013 1:05 PM
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More: MPAA

Judi Dench takes on the MPAA for 'Philomena'

Dench signaled her willingness to wage a public battle with the MPAA in a 23-second YouTube video, in which she channeled M, her tough-as-nails character from the James Bond series.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Mr. Dodd Goes to Las Vegas

Chris Dodd, former Senator from Connecticut, took over as Hollywood's chief lobbyist as the head of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) about 10 days ago. Keep in mind that the former Senator is barred from lobbying himself for the next 18 months, but that should not prevent him from trying to raise the profile of the six studios who make up the MPAA.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 30, 2011 3:30 AM
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More: MPAA, Business

Who Goes to the Movies? Moviegoers Stats from 2010

The annual look at who went to the movies from the MPAA has been released. Here are the relevant stats. Women and men go to the movies in equal numbers. In 2010 women bought 50% of the tickets and men bought 50% of the tickets.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 4:21 AM
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Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone is by far the best film this year, and while that might not be saying much this being June, any film coming in the fall had better be really, really good cause it's going to be hard to top this film. It is close to flawless from the amazing cast that includes many locals from the Ozarks to the realistic script to the directing that is so good that you barely notice it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2010 11:37 AM
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Guess What? Women Buy More Movie Tickets Than Men

You know that whole conversation about how women don't go to the movies and are not a film market? You know that conversation that we hear over and over as the big reason why we are inundated with crappy boy films week in and week out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 11, 2010 3:13 AM
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