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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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Showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh's Journey from Connecticut "Black Nerd" to 50 Cent Collaborator

Agboh is the Emmy-nominated showrunner of the Starz series "Power."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 1:15 PM
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Women in Film and Video Seeks DC-Area Screenwriters

The inaugural Spotlight on Screenwriters program is a prime opportunity for DC-area screenwriters to get their projects in front of major producers.
  • By Erin Essenmacher
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  • July 28, 2014 11:25 AM
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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: New Spot for Chloe Grace Moretz's Teen Melodrama If I Stay

Life-or-death situations are rarely as literal as the one teenage Mia (Moretz) faces: Should she live or die?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 25, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Resurrection of Don’t Trust the B----: Score One (More) For Difficult Women

These are high times for anti-heroines on TV.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • July 17, 2014 12:32 PM
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Trailer Watch: Reese Witherspoon Heals Herself in "Wild"

Grief takes the form of a 1,100-mile hiking trip for writer Cheryl Strayed.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 11, 2014 1:03 PM
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Rooney Mara and Megan Ellison to Adapt Somalia Kidnapping Memoir

Amanda Lindhout's memoir "A House in the Sky" details her fifteen months in captivity.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 26, 2014 12:07 PM
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Sarah Jessica Parker Eyes Return to TV in Cop Drama

She'll be trading in her Manolos for a Magnum.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 4:42 PM
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Will the Female-Driven Drama Chasing Life Dare to Get Real About Leukemia?

"Chasing Life" has the potential to carve out a new niche by shining a light on a subject we often don't want to think about: the fact that sometimes the young and beautiful and seemingly immortal get seriously sick, too.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 19, 2014 10:01 AM
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Kristen Wiig to Direct, Star, and Co-Write a Bridesmaids Follow-Up with Annie Mumolo

The unnamed comedy will mark Wiig's directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 12, 2014 10:37 AM
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