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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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The Big O: The Oscar Season Kicks Off

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Big O, Women & Hollywood's new Oscar column, our attempt to look at the awards season from a more thoughtful female perspective.
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  • September 4, 2013 2:47 PM
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While We Were Away...Some Links of Interest

Here are some links from when we were away that might interest people:
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  • September 3, 2013 11:19 AM
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Fall 2013 Preview - The Women

Entertainment Weekly released its annual Fall Preview issue and so we thought it was time to do an overview of the women directed and women centric movies coming out over the next several months.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 13, 2013 12:15 PM
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Trailer Watch: Enough Said - Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener's latest Enough Said will premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival before hitting theaters.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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Film News Round Up for July 26th: Updates on Gone Girl, Nicole Holofcener's Latest and Melissa McCarthy as a Spy

Here's a news round up of some of the most notable news from the past couple days.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Women Directors News: Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing and Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

As we had previously reported, director Amy Berg, whose documentary West of Memphis screened at TIFF, is directing her first narrative feature Every Secret Thing starring Diane Lane with a script adapted by Nicole Holofcener. Over the weekend it was announced that Berg’s new film will be financed by Merced Media Partners, Palmstar Media Capital and Hyde Park Entertainment. Elizabeth Banks will co-star alongside Diane Lane with the rest of the cast to be announced. Anthony Bregman and Frances McDormand (yes, the actress) will produce.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2012 10:15 AM
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Catherine Keener, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette to Star in Nicole Holofcener's New Film

Nicole Holofcener’s untitled new project began principal photography on Monday in Los Angeles.  The film will be distributed by Fox Searchlight.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
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Drew Barrymore, Amy Berg Announce New Directing Projects

Two exciting new women-directed projects were announced this week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 2, 2012 12:38 PM
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Women Director Watch: Debra Granik and Nicole Holofcener

Some news on two of the top tier female directors-
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  • May 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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Do You Think There is a Glass Ceiling for Women Directors?

Apparently Columbia University's film school doesn't think so.   They are holding a panel at their 25th anniversary film festival on May 9 entitled: What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia’s Women Filmmakers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 29, 2012 9:52 AM
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