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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

Patty Jenkins Signs On For Second Film - Sweetheart

Patty Jenkins finally gets her sophomore film.
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  • May 9, 2014 11:57 AM
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AFI's Directing Workshop for Women Turns Forty; Kimberly Peirce to Deliver Keynote

An interview with AFI's Director Workshop for Women head Patty West on the program's 40th anniversary.
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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 AM
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Natalie Portman to Team Up with Lynne Ramsay for Western

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  • May 23, 2012 10:57 AM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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Who Should Direct Catching Fire?

So now it is official and Gary Ross has walked away from directing the sequel of Catching Fire because the production schedule was too tight. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 11, 2012 11:09 AM
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The Year That Was

Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.
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  • January 3, 2012 9:27 AM
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Natalie Portman Takes Her Oscar Win Out for a Test Run

While Natalie Portman might have been off our radar screen since last February when she won the best actress Oscar and disappeared to have her baby, yesterday we learned through the Hollywood Reporter that she is wielding her Oscar clout in making Marvel very aware how pissed off she is that Patty Jenkins is no longer directing Thor 2.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 15, 2011 10:47 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Acknowledges That The Industry is Sexist

The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of their complete dismissal of women in both its writer and director roundtables has done a 360 and put together a whole cover on the lack of women directors and other women in power in the business.  While the package is interesting (while not saying anything we didn't already know), I just wish that this didn't seem like such a fix up for their earlier ridiculousness.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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Patty Jenkins Exits Thor 2

According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) has left Thor 2.  They wrote that she was working as of Monday afternoon and had recently been a part of a photo shoot on women directors and she talked about her involvement on the film. (The news for me here is that the Hollywood Reporter is doing an issue on women directors.  It will be out next week.)
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  • December 7, 2011 10:03 AM
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One More Glass Ceiling Shattered: Patty Jenkins Signed to Direct Thor 2

This signing deserves a big toast because what it means is that a woman has broken through into the big leagues. Patty Jenkins who directed Monster which got Charlize Theron an Oscar, has been signed by Marvel Studios to direct the big budget action film Thor 2.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 14, 2011 4:07 AM
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