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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

Hollywood Men Star in White House PSA Against Sexual Assault

'Bout time.
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  • April 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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May 2014 Film Preview

May will be cluttered with gems.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 30, 2014 1:00 PM
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Sundance London Women Directors: Meet Marjane Satrapi (The Voices)

"I have worked with some technicians who have tried to fool me because I'm a woman, and I've had to go to them directly to say, 'Don't give me this shit. Let's not compare who's got the bigger one, because I don't even have one but I will win.'"
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • April 30, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Extended Spot for The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Augustus share a language of their own.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 30, 2014 11:00 AM
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Meet the New Women and Hollywood Columnists

Sara Stewart, Prachi Gupta and Marcie Bianco join Women and Hollywood as columnists.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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Newport Beach FF Women Directors: Meet Regina Russell (Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back)

"After several years of mourning his best friend, [Quiet Riot drummer and band manager Frankie] Banali sets out to make a new life for himself, his daughter, and the band by trying to fill the void left by [deceased lead singer] Kevin [DuBrow] and get the band back together one more time. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2014 1:15 PM
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The Tony Award Nominations: Women Writers Are Missing

Not a single play written by a woman was nominated. Not a single play written by a woman was produced.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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Hot Docs Women Director: Meet Teodora Ana Mihai (Waiting for August)

"I wanted to tell an immigration story because we usually never get to witness it. And of course, I was extremely inspired by my main characters, who are extremely resilient and courageous children."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2014 11:30 AM
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Jane Campion-Led 2014 Cannes Jury is Majority Female

This is the first women-dominated jury at the festival since 2009.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 29, 2014 10:31 AM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Sara Dosa (The Last Season)

"These two [former soldiers] bonded in the mushroom-hunting camps after sharing stories of surviving war in Southeast Asia, then became adopted father and son."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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