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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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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and the Real Problem With Male Filmmakers and Female Sexuality

I am a man, and this is an article concerning female sexuality, at least in part. I feel that should be noted immediately, lest anyone take it as an unnoticed irony rather than a relevant starting point. While I don't see my gender as fatally problematic either to the authorship of this article or this column in general, it is far from irrelevant.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • October 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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Maggie Carey's The To Do List Reinvents the Teen Sex Comedy

The teen sex comedy is a staple subgenre of teen films. Porky's, Revenge of the Nerds and American Pie are just some of the films that have brought sex puns and now grossly iconic uses of apple pie into pop culture. However it is genre that rarely, if ever, stars women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2013 11:24 AM
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Aubrey Plaza and the Importance of Having Girls Come of Age in Film

Aubrey Plaza has always been a darkly comedic force in her role as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. She has continued to show her comedic range as a young intern in Safety Not Guaranteed and now as Brandy Klark in the upcoming The To Do List will tackle the sexual coming of age comedy.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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Guest Post: Aroused

I never thought I would ever make a documentary film, let alone one where my leading cast would be some of the biggest names in the Porn industry. I am a photographer, and yes, I have always felt comfortable shooting nudes, having a keen sense of light and how it touches the body allowing the lines of the female form to dictate a sensual note dependent on the elongation or recoiling of the arms or neck in front of my camera. As someone once asked me, "What is the difference between erotic photography and porn?" and my answer then and now continues to be, 'lighting."
  • By Deborah Anderson
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  • May 3, 2013 11:30 AM
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Guest Post: A Perfect Ending — Lesbian Film, Art House Film or Both?

So what is it that makes a movie a lesbian movie?   Does it require lesbians playing the roles of the characters?  Does the director have to be gay? Is there a quota of girl on girl “action” that determines the “gayness” of the film?  If it had been directed by men like the Bound (the former Wachowski Brothers), Lianna (John Sayles), or Personal Best, (Robert Towne), would A Perfect Ending have had a different trajectory?
  • By Nicole Conn
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  • February 5, 2013 10:00 AM
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