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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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Women and Hollywood

New Line to Co-Produce Thea Sharrock's Me Before You

The drama has also gained a release date: August 21, 2015.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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An Open Letter to TV Showrunners: There Are Over 1200 Experienced, Accomplished Women Directors Waiting to Be Hired

Talent doesn’t dry up. Only opportunities do.
  • By Rachel Feldman
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  • July 17, 2014 3:20 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Trailer Watch: Keira Knightley As You've Never Seen Her Before in Lynn Shelton's Laggies

Knightley doesn't want to accept adulthood in the film that looks like it'll be Shelton's mainstream breakout hit.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 17, 2014 11:08 AM
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Women in Film and Television International Seeking Shorts for Female Filmmaker Showcase

For the first time since its inception, the WIFTI Shorts in a Showcase will offer cash prizes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 15, 2014 1:30 PM
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The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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  • 8 Comments

More Details on the Fox Mentoring Program for Women Directors

Some guidelines for submitting your name to Women and Hollywood for consideration for the Fox Global Directors Initiative.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 14, 2014 10:44 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Director Courtney Hunt Begins Shooting Follow-Up to Frozen River

The courtroom drama stars Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 11, 2014 3:03 PM
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Universal Chief Donna Langley: There is No "Magic Bullet" to Improve Number of Women Directors Working on Studio Films

"I would say it is the exception, not the rule, that there is a woman in the group of directors that we are interviewing."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2014 1:39 PM
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Land Ho! Director Martha Stephens on Her Raunchy Comedy About Two Old Men and Her Unlikely Muse

"Maybe because I’m a girl, maybe because Aaron has made more movies than I have -- you’ll read a tweet, or you’ll have an interview where they only make eye contact with him the whole time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 10, 2014 2:47 PM
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Trailer Watch: First Spot for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Her subject, Louis Zamperini, was a child of the globalizing 20th century.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 10, 2014 1:18 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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