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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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Winter's Bone Q and A

Here's the Q and A from the Athena Film Festival with Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini and moderated by IndieWIRE's Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood.
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  • March 23, 2011 1:49 AM
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Three Vie for Next Female Franchise

Variety reported yesterday that three Oscar nominated young actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Lawrence are all in the race to play the lead in The Hunger Games based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.
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  • March 3, 2011 4:21 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:
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  • February 15, 2011 8:31 AM
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Natalie Portman Focuses on Producing

Now that Portman is going to take some time off from being in front of the screen for her pregnancy, she is not going to just disappear. She's ramped up her producing business handsomecharlie with her partner Annette Savitch. The due just got overhead financing from 1821 Pictures (cause studios don't do many overhead deals anymore) and right now they are in pursuit of a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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  • February 2, 2011 3:20 AM
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Nomination Reaction

I was able to get in touch with Alix Madigan Yorkin, producer of Winter's Bone to get her reaction on her four nominations, including a best picture nod.
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  • January 26, 2011 3:42 AM
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Guest Post: Advocating Through Film by Maria Cuomo Cole

As an advocate, I have always believed that the most effective change rises from constituents and communities. In the same way, it is the personal stories of challenge and triumph that serves as the true voice of most social issues.
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  • January 23, 2011 3:47 AM
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Sundance Women's News - Pariah Premieres

First up on opening night was the coming of age story Pariah written and directed by Dee Rees. Here's the description: "A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression."
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  • January 21, 2011 1:51 AM
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Playing at a Theatre Near You: Natalie Portman

While Natalie Portman has not won an Oscar (yet), she is clearly one of the biggest beneficiaries from this awards season.
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  • January 20, 2011 5:05 AM
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Female Producer to Finance Kathryn Bigelow's Next Film

Kathryn Bigelow is getting ready to start shooting her next indie flick now that she has secured financing from Annapurna Pictures which is run by Megan Ellison.
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  • January 14, 2011 10:10 AM
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