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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

The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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  • 8 Comments

Feminist Western The Homesman Gets Release Date

The Hilary Swank-starring Cannes selection will be released on November 6.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 24, 2014 9:47 AM
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  • 3 Comments

The Big O: Natalie Portman Swings the Hammer When it Comes to Her Post-Oscar Career

Natalie Portman is in the midst of a very important performance, one that could decide her future in the movie industry.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 8, 2013 3:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

The Big O: Oscar Could be Swayed by Leto's Feminine Mystique

The voters have also come a long way since handing the 2005 best-picture Oscar to Crash instead of the gay-themed Brokeback Mountain. Since then, there has been at least one actor nominated for playing a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender character each year save for 2007.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 1, 2013 10:49 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Guest Post: 2012’s Best Actress Race: A History of Inequality

  • By Keith Dodge
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  • November 26, 2012 1:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

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