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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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Women and Hollywood

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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Trailer Watch: Yelling to the Sky Written and Directed by Victoria Mahoney

This film is going to Berlin and South by Southwest.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 4, 2011 2:20 AM
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The Susan Smith Blackburn Finalists

This is the 33rd year of the awards that honor the most outstanding English written play by a woman. Julia Cho won the award in 2010.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 3, 2011 3:48 AM
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ABC Family Goes All Girl

Three new shows were given the green light yesterday and they all focus on young women. The good news is that the Jennifer Weiner (yes, the best-selling author) created show The Great State of Georgia starring Raven Symone (please don't lose any more weight) is included. Here's the log line from this show: "aspiring actress with a larger than life personality who, along with her science geek best friend (Majandra Delfino), try to make headway in New York City."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2011 3:12 AM
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Bridesmaids Poster

While I pretty much never want to see another wedding movie ever, I might just be interested in this one.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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Focus Features Buys Pariah in Two Picture Deal With Dee Rees

Big news. A woman gets a seven figure deal.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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Interview with Feo Aladag - writer and director of When We Leave

When We Leave, Germany's entry for the Academy Awards, is written and directed by Feo Aladag. It is a powerful film that tells the story of a young Turkish German woman who leaves her unhappy and abusive marriage and how the family handles the cultural shame brought on by her stand for independence. It opens in limited release in NYC and LA on Friday, January 28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 27, 2011 4:00 AM
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Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss Take on Hellman's The Children's Hour

I have to say this is one of my favorite plays and Hellman is one of my favorite female writers. I remember when I got to Graduate school and had to read a ton of plays (yes, I have a degree in theatre) there were so few female playwrights in the canon that when I read Hellman it was like a revelation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 26, 2011 4:58 AM
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A Look at the Oscar Nominations

I held my breath this morning as the best picture nominations were read. It wasn't until I heard the 10th, the one that named Winter's Bone as a nominee that I was finally able to exhale.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 25, 2011 7:13 AM
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Wonder Woman is Revived and Other Women Getting Pilot Gigs

Bob Greenblatt, the new chief at NBC, is aggressively stepping up his pilot pickups for next season and he's hired several women writer/creators. He has also revived that recently deceased David E. Kelley version of Wonder Woman.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 25, 2011 3:45 AM
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