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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

Kimberly Peirce Gets a Studio Directing Gig

Interesting News - director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop-Loss) just got a gig directing The Knife for Universal and Imagine. The reason why this is interesting is because so few women get studio directing gigs, and because Peirce continues on the path ala Kathryn Bigelow of directing films outside of typical female centric fare.
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  • February 18, 2011 3:52 AM
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New Directors/New Films - The Women

I always looks at the lineup of New Directors/New Films as a kind of Sundance east because some of the best of Sundance inevitably make it to NYC for this festival. Some highlights from Sundance will be on display including Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance which will be the closing film. Cannot wait.
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  • February 17, 2011 3:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cinema Verite directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Now we know- reality TV is all their fault.
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  • February 17, 2011 2:39 AM
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Clip from Social Media Week Panel on Marketing Films to Women

PepsiCo sponsored a Social Media Week panel on film industry and how social media is being used to engage women and build audience. Here are some highlights from panelists including:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 15, 2011 8:31 AM
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Meryl as Maggie

They are on week two of filming. Film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Abi Morgan. Footage will be screened at Cannes. No US distributor yet.
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  • February 8, 2011 1:30 AM
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Where's Lisa Cholodenko's Next Movie?

This is what came into my email last week.
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  • February 7, 2011 3:45 AM
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Trailer Watch: Yelling to the Sky Written and Directed by Victoria Mahoney

This film is going to Berlin and South by Southwest.
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  • February 4, 2011 2:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: In a Better World Directed by Susanne Bier

This woman is a master. Her version of Brothers was way superior to the American remake and After the Wedding is stunning. She got screwed when she came here and made Things We Lost in the Fire.
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  • February 3, 2011 3:25 AM
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The Bigelow Effect - Why We Care

Why do we care about women's presence in the awards race? Specifically, why do we care so much about a woman getting nominated for best director? That is a great question raised in an very well-written piece by a young woman director named Lindsay on the website Canonball. One thing she asks is if we have been left out of the awards for so long, why should we as women change what we do in order to fit in?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2011 4:59 AM
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Sundance Deals and Award Winners

Sundance 2011 is over. The week started off with the NY Times article declaring that Sundance is a welcoming place for women directors, and it ended with a couple of women getting deals and awards. But let's be real, the women still don't get the deals the guys get.
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  • January 31, 2011 3:36 AM
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