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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

Guest Post: One for the Girls: Women Directors Group Spreads to London

The NYC-born Film Fatales goes global.
  • By Nicola Mills
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  • August 7, 2014 3:00 PM
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Katharine Hepburn Biopic in the Works

"Kate" will contrast the screen legend as an ambitious 25-year-old upstart and as a cantankerous 80-year-old icon.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 6, 2014 12:30 PM
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An Open Letter to Sony Chief Amy Pascal: Here's Your Opportunity to Be a Leader for Women

Please take it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 5, 2014 12:29 PM
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  • 10 Comments

Sight and Sound Publishes Top 50 Documentaries List

Eight women-directed films made the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 4, 2014 11:26 AM
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New Research Shows a Six-Year Low for Women Directors, 98% of Films Feature More Male than Female Characters

Also some good news: a decrease in teen hypersexuality.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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Elle Fanning to Play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour's Biopic of Frankenstein Author

"A Storm in the Stars" will focus on teenage Shelley's romance with married poet Percy Shelley and the work of writing her enduring masterpiece.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 31, 2014 12:45 PM
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Trailer Watch: Peek Inside the Hallowed Halls of Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club

Where wealthy pricks learn to be wealthy pricks.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 10:08 AM
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Toronto Film Fest Announces More Films; Only 12% of Lineup So Far Directed by Women

It looks like TIFF just won't be a great showcase for women directors this year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 4:00 PM
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Guest Post: How I Quit the LA Actor Race and Became the Filmmaker I Always Wanted to Be

I'll never forget the moment when we shot our last frame. The sky was magical, and everyone stood around in shock. Had we actually pulled this thing off?
  • By Zoe Quist
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  • July 29, 2014 11:35 AM
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Jodie Foster to Direct George Clooney in Thriller Called Money Monster

Clooney will play the host of a finance show taken hostage by a man who loses his life savings after following the TV personality's advice.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 28, 2014 1:45 PM
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