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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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Guest Post: Coming Up Roses Or Bust...

“You’ll never get this made,” was the blunt and firm response from a well-regarded producer after reading my screenplay synopsis.  The central theme of my film - a woman desperately holding onto her identity as she battles clinical depression - is “not sexy, not funny, not hip.”  And although depression affects the lives of 1 out of every 4 women in this country (National Institutes of Mental Health statistics), mainstream Hollywood has rarely taken on the subject without caricature, or with much substance and creativity.
  • By Lisa Albright
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  • November 9, 2012 10:00 AM
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A Pick Me Up for A Cloudy Day: Bernadette Peters Sings Mama Rose on Smash

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 15, 2012 2:20 PM
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