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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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Happy International Women's Day: Women in Film and TV (UK) Releases 2012 Power List

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  • March 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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Lynne Ramsay Scores BAFTA Directing Nomination

In a year when we will probably not see a female director nominated for any major awards here in the US, the Brits have been smart enough to recognize the Lynne Ramsay did do one of the best directing jobs of the year and nominated her for best director and We Need to Talk About Kevin for Best British Film.
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  • January 17, 2012 11:07 AM
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The Year That Was

Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.
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  • January 3, 2012 9:27 AM
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The Iron Lady

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  • December 30, 2011 11:45 AM
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Interview with Abi Morgan - writer of The Iron Lady

I was lucky enough to meet the multi-talented Abi Morgan who has had an amazingly successful year with The Hour, Shame and The Iron Lady on the day after the premiere of The Iron Lady in NYC. Women and Hollywood: How does a person have two major movies (Shame and The Iron Lady) in one year? How did that happen and are there any similarities between the projects? Abi Morgan: It's interesting because both have got stellar performances that's the strongest similarity. I was very lucky. It was an odd timing issue. I did write them virtually at the same time but I met Steve McQueen while I was working on The Iron Lady and it was a period where I had done most of the work on the script but I was still tweaking it and then I met him and we just hit it off. It was just the counterpoint of meeting a great director and deciding that I wanted to work with him. That project actually came together incredibly quickly. It was incredibly fortuitous and it was a lucky thing so both films are about great collaborations with great directors.
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  • December 29, 2011 10:45 AM
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New Trailer for The Iron Lady

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  • December 8, 2011 9:09 AM
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Meryl Streep: Political Biopic of an "Old Lady" Will be a Hard Sell at the Box Office

Evening Standard writer Liz Hoggard reports about a dinner she was invited to at the home of The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd to talk about film with several other female writers along with Meryl Streep and screenwriter, Abi Morgan. 
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  • November 16, 2011 10:45 AM
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First Reviews - The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady was unveiled for critics in London and clearly there was no embargo since the reviews have been coming in. Neither one of the reviews below is a rave except for Streep's performance. I think this will be a case of the actress giving a performance that outweighs the heft of the film.
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  • November 15, 2011 11:52 AM
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