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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

Ellen Burstyn to Direct Her First Film, Lake Bell Her Second

The 81-year-old Burstyn's feature directorial debut will be a character study called "Bathing Flo."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • September 2, 2014 12:27 PM
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Infographic: Women Directors in the Studio System

A breakdown of how many women directors are hired by each of the Big Six.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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AFI Expands Directing Workshop for Women Program for Digital Age

This year's sponsors include the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 22, 2014 2:02 PM
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TIFF Announces Julie Taymor and Marjane Satrapi Premieres

Also screening at TIFF: women directors from five continents.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 20, 2014 2:00 PM
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'May in the Summer' Writer-Director Cherien Dabis on Hiring Herself to Star in Her Film

"Authenticity was very important to me, and I was having a really difficult time finding someone who really embodied the spirit of the character, and also brought that cultural, linguistic authenticity."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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Guest Post: Film Fatales Give Back: The Importance of Community Outreach

Female filmmakers' advice on how to thrive in a male-dominated industry.
  • By Saba Riazi and Emilie McDonald
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  • August 15, 2014 11:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Acrobats Fly and Crash in 'Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity'

"You have to get beyond the barrier of self-protection before you can really fly."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 15, 2014 10:17 AM
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Only Three Women-Directed Films Scheduled for NYFF's Main Slate

They are Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders," Asia Argento's "Misunderstood," and Mia Hansen-Love's "Eden."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 14, 2014 2:45 PM
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Second Mary Shelley Biopic to Star Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner

The Frankenstein author is apparently Hollywood's writer du jour.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 13, 2014 3:43 PM
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Toronto Film Fest Announces More Women-Directed Films

Among the featured films will be Lynn Shelton's "Laggies," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," and Céline Sciamma's "Girlhood."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 13, 2014 9:59 AM
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