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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

Focus Features Buys Pariah in Two Picture Deal With Dee Rees

Big news. A woman gets a seven figure deal.
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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.
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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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National Book Critics Circle Finalists - 2010

Here are the female finalistsFictionJennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Knopf
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  • January 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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Question: Who Has Two Movies in the Top 10 This Weekend?

Answer. Natalie Portman. Portman has had some successful movies but she has never been considered a box office threat, but now she clearly is with The Black Swan crossing the $80 million mark (it only cost $13 million), and her new romance with Ashton Kutcher No Strings Attached opening at number 1 for the weekend with a little over $20 million (it cost $25 million to make.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 24, 2011 3:21 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."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 21, 2011 1:51 AM
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A Visionary Theatrical Entrepreneur - Molly Smith at Arena Stage

At a time when many theatres are retrenching because of financial difficulties, Arena Stage is bucking that trend and is actually expanding under the guidance of Artistic Director, Molly Smith. Smith, who has led the theatre for over a decade, has seen the theatre through a $135 million expansion.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2011 10:14 AM
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Sexism Watch: The Black List

Once upon a time in Hollywood the black list was a very bad thing. If your name was on the black list (that supposedly never existed) you couldn't get a gig in Hollywood. It was a sucky time and should always be remembered and never repeated.
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  • December 14, 2010 10:17 AM
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