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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Ellen Page Comes Out, Will Play Julianne Moore's Lesbian Partner in Freeheld

A noticeably nervous and emotional Page gave a heartfelt nine-minute speech, thanking the activists in the room for their courage and support and declaring, "I'm tired of hiding, and I'm tired of lying by omission."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 12:20 PM
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Heidi Ewing, Dawn Porter Among Awardees of Catapult Film Fund

Women directors comprised five of the seven awardees of the Catapult Film Fund, which "provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 19, 2013 2:30 PM
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Women Nominees at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association announced their nominees for their 2012 IDA Documentary Awards. It’s really exciting to note that 4 of the 5 shorts are directed by women as well as 2 of the 5 features (and one of the other features nominated is The Invisible War).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2012 9:45 AM
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