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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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Red Riding Hood - Review

You have to give it to Catherine Hardwicke. She specializes in making movies for teenage girls. She seems to be able channel that teen angst and language better than anyone else. The problem is that it is hard for those of us who left behind our teens a while ago to go along for the ride. It took me about 20 minutes to get into the rhythm of Red Riding Hood. This is the type of movie that you just have to go with as much as you can. If you try and figure it out it will leave you frustrated. The film reminded me a lot of Twilight except that there were no sparkling vampires. But the good news is that Red Riding Hood aka Valerie played by doe eyed Amanda Seyfried is a way stronger female character than Bella Swan could ever be.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Competition Lineup- 2011

The 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place next month starting April 20th.
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  • March 9, 2011 2:43 AM
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Catherine Hardwicke Walked Away From New Moon

They has been much speculation as to whether Catherine Hardwicke was fired or walked away from the Twilight sequel, New Moon. But nobody ever heard from Catherine Hardwicke what actually happened.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 4, 2011 6:19 AM
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Guest Post: Premiering Yelling to the Sky at the Berlin Film Festival by Victoria Mahoney

The freakiest thing about indie filmmakers is that we are bred and conditioned for harsh news. We wake up to 32,000 “no’s” a day, and self-preservation protects us from the ambush of let down. We have made an intrinsic peace with the fight required to shape shift those 32,000 “no’s” into a version of “yes”. That’s how we live. With hand crafted versions of “yes.”
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 2, 2011 5:32 AM
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Applications Now Open for Women in Film Finishing Fund

Hey lady filmmakers- if your film is ready to go but you can't raise that last bit to finish it, you should apply to the Women in Film Finishing Fund sponsored by Netflix. You could get a grant of up to $15,000 as well as other in-kind and production services.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 2, 2011 4:15 AM
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Spend International Women's Day at an Event Honoring Kathryn Bigelow

This is an open invitation to the community of women in Hollywood. You don't have to be a DGA member. You are crazy if you do not go. I would like someone to cover it for Women and Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 1, 2011 2:45 AM
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Post-Award Thoughts

As I watched the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards this weekend you could see one clear difference between the two events (aside from the formal dresses and the hosts) -- the presence of female winners. The Oscars followed the usual path and having male winner after male winner, especially in the creative and the high profile awards.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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Women at the Movies This Weekend - February 25, 2011

Women's Films Now PlayingThe Other WomanOrgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) When We LeaveThe Roommate From Prada to NadaTrue GritBhutto (doc)The WoodmansThe Tempest - written and directed by Julie TaymorBlack SwanTangledMade in DagenhamTiny Furniture - written and directed by Lena DunhamThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestWinter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 8:18 AM
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Lisa Cholodenko Talks Women Directors: "There's a Kind of Fundamental Misogyny in the Culture"

I caught Lisa Cholodenko being interviewed on Tell Me More on NPR yesterday and Michel Martin got Lisa Cholodenko to talk about issues related to female directors that I have not heard any women utter in public before. Finally a woman in Hollywood says out loud that it sucks that her film was nominated for best picture and that she wasn't recognized for her directing, that we value the stories about men more than stories about women and here's the money quote from Cholodenko:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 24, 2011 4:35 AM
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Susanne Bier Talks In A Better World

I am finding it so interesting that Susanne Bier is getting some great press for her Oscar nomination. It makes me think that there is an appetite to hear from women directors especially ones who make substantive movies with action and moral dilemmas. She kind of follows the Kathryn Bigelow model -- a woman director who makes tough stories about men.
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  • February 24, 2011 2:11 AM
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