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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

Claire Danes, Iman, Idina Menzel Among Variety's Power of Women

Nancy Dubuc, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Susan Sarandon will also be honored for their humanitarian efforts.
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  • April 2, 2014 1:15 PM
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The Big O: Between Ellen and Everyone's Mom, Oscar Night Turned Into Ladies Night

For a year with no female talent represented in the director’s category and only three of the nine best-picture candidates featuring women in lead roles, the Oscar show was a regular femme fest.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 3, 2014 10:39 AM
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The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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Happy Friday: Listen and Watch Idina Menzel Sing the Hell Out of Let it Go

Listen to the great Idina Menzel
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2013 7:30 PM
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Happy 10th Anniversary of Wicked

Today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the now classic musical, Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, the success of the musical developed by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz was unknown to all involved.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 4:23 PM
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New Trailer for Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Disney has released a new trailer for Frozen, co-directed by Jennifer Lee.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee, co-director of the upcoming Frozen, is only the second woman in Disney history to direct a Disney animated feature.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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Teaser Trailer: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Disney's latest, Frozen, is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film follows Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with a mountain man (Jonathan Groff) to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) who has disappeared after accidentally cursing their kingdom into eternal winter.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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