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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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The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg Has Gotten Really Busy Lately

I saw Whoopi Goldberg last evening on a post screening discussion following the New York premiere of Venus Vs. which included the short film she produced on C. Vivian Stringer, Coach. Coach is such an incredibly uplifting film about a strong and great women and coach, the only woman (or man?) who has taken three teams to the final four.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2013 11:10 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: Women Directors

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival announcement is fantastic for both films directed by women and written by. The festival, in its 12th year, will be hosted in locations around New York City from April 17-28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2013 10:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: A Little Bit of Heaven Directed by Nicole Kassell

Are we going to get to see a more mature Kate Hudson? One can only hope. This film will release on VOD on April 3 and in theatres on May 4. The premise is a cliche. Young woman gets cancer and falls in love with her doctor.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2012 9:30 AM
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