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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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Trailer Watch: First Look at Susanne Bier's A Second Chance

Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, this moral drama looks absolutely amazing.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Fifty Shades of Grey Doesn't Bother with the Niceties

"I don't do romance."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 4:00 PM
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17% of Venice Film Fest's Main Lineup Directed by Women

Only 2 of the 19 films in the main competition are from female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 2:45 PM
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Amma Asante Inspires Women Filmmakers at BAFTA Event: "I Want to Do a Studio Film to Show that as a Woman I Can":

"I’ve been asked by financiers if I wear my high heels when I’m filming," she reveals.
  • By Alice Thorpe
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  • July 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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Half of Sarajevo Film Fest Doc Contenders Directed by Women

The films deal with a variety of issues, including the status of refugees ("Evaporating Borders"), corruption in Communist regimes ("Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service"), and the brave women of Tahrir Square ("Private Revolutions - Young, Female, Egyptian").
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 23, 2014 10:15 AM
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Chicken and Egg Launches New Fund for Women Documentarians from India

Grant recipients will receive $10,000 in cash and/or in-kind services.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 3:30 PM
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Only 10% of Toronto Lineup So Far Directed by Women

New films from Susanne Bier, Isabel Coixet, Liv Ullmann, and Mia Hansen-Love make the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 12:07 PM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct, Co-Write, and Star in "Intimate" Film with Brad Pitt

"By the Sea" will be Jolie and Pitt's first on-screen collaboration since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 1:00 PM
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Half of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces Are Women

The 13 women on the list are a diverse lot.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 11:34 AM
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