Thank you and Happy Holidays

by Melissa Silverstein on December 22, 2009

in Uncategorized

Just wanted to let you all know that posting will be a lighter through the new year.  Taking a break to maybe try and read a book and work on some other writing.

I also wanted to take a moment and thank you for all the support and let you know that the blog has grown exponentially over the last year.  We started the year with about 7,500 monthly readers and now there are over 30,000.  Also, the site is also a top 100 film site on technorati.

Below are the most read pieces over the last year.  Thought you might enjoy a recap:

Fat Actors vs Skinny Actresses

Does Being An “Artist” Trump Being a Rapist?

Sexism Alert: The Catfight Begins

Sexism Watch: Date Rape Gets Mainstream Film Release

New Moon Brings a New Dawn in Hollywood

It warms my heart on these cold days in NY to know that people are using the blog to get inspired, get angry, to meet each other, and to have great conversations.

The blog is my labor of love and I so appreciate all of you reading it each and every day.  That being said, there are still many expenses associated with the blog so any donations you can give towards the work would be most appreciated.  The button below will take you to my paypal site.

I hope you have a happy holiday season and a great new year.



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

lizriz December 22, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! And Happy, Happy Holidays. :)

Sujewa December 22, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Happy Holidays Melissa!

– Sujewa

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist December 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Happy Holidays to you, Melissa, and to everyone else reading this :-]

e December 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Dear Melissa

I wasn’t going to donate. I’m broke, raising money for a (fictional) movie about women making movies in Wellywood. Living off my garden. Broad beans last week. Silver beet this week. I thought, oh, I wish I could offer Melissa vegetables now and then. Fruit when it’s ready. (Not so many pears or quinces this year, but more apples from those trees I pruned.)

And then I thought about it. I made about 250 of your site’s visits this year. Sometimes, on mornings when things aren’t going well I link to W&H first thing, just to know that there you are, and to feel part of something bigger. To be among others who care about women who want to make movies, and about people who want to see movies that tell stories with women’s experiences at the centre.

Furthermore, on all those visits, I’m watching W&H help make significant change—I think—change that will benefit all women filmmakers like me. For instance those three women’s films added yesterday to the Sundance programme may well have been added because of the current groundswell of debates about women filmmakers and women as audiences: your daily posts have been central in those debates. And who knows, next year maybe there’ll be more discussion about the different ways that some women tell, watch, and listen to stories, so that a marvellous film like “Bright Star” is fully appreciated at awards time: I’d like that.

So, how could I not send something to W&H? If all your visitors send a little bit, that should keep you going. So I’ve just joined Paypal, and sent my little bit.

And I’m hoping that women round the world are doing just the same this morning.

And I’m hoping that over there in New York right now there’s a steady stream of women dropping gifts on your doorstep. Fruits and vegetables. Your favorite cakes & casseroles. Gloves. Scarves. Hats. Frivolous underwear. Champagne. Their embroidery, done just for you. Their poems, paintings and drawings. Book & music vouchers. A car. A plane & fuel to get you to LA once a month and Europe twice a year (or open round trip plane tickets). A computer upgrade.

If I was in New York, and if you haven’t got them already, I might drop off the new DVD of Sally Potter’s The Gold Diggers, the classic about women & movies. Or There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking & Beyond, by Sophie Mayer and Corinn Columpar. Or—if I could afford it—offer a ticket to New Zealand to see Gaylene Preston’s wonderful new film, Home by Christmas, for everyone with a father, brother, lover, husband, who went to war, came home, and never talked about what happened (out in April). Absolutely a “women’s” film even though a man is the central character, played with extraordinary and subtle power by Tony Barry.

Or I might just give you a call and say “What would you like, Melissa? Cash? Or—? What are your dreams? You’ve supported mine all year and I want to offer you something you really want.”

So, every good wish to you for 2010, Melissa. Thanks a million for being here. Congratulations for all your wonderful hard work. I hope you have a wonderful holiday among people who love you, and reading. And writing other stuff.

Jane December 22, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Congratulations Melissa! You deserve great success!

Thomai in L.A. (it rhymes) January 1, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Congrats and Happy New Year!

I have sent every female and a lot of males I work with in film, from Development to production crew to this site. They all have great things to say about it-
You are appreciated!


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