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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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TV: Queen Latifah to Star as Bessie Smith in HBO Biopic

Dee Rees ("Pariah") will write and direct.
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  • May 2, 2014 11:14 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men. Meanwhile, of the 16 gala premieres just announced by this year's Toronto film festival , none have female directors.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • July 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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To The Academy: Consider the Women

It's that time of year, The Academy Awards, the "Super Bowl for Women." It's the night where we all get catty about whose dress doesn't work, who's got a new boyfriend or girlfriend, and who looks like they haven't eaten all month.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 23, 2012 10:54 AM
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Sundance 2012: Advice for Filmmakers

Chicken and Egg Pictures always has a great party at Sundance: delicious home-cooked food paired with a celebration of women filmmakers and the folks who support and nurture them.
  • By Therese Shechter
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  • January 26, 2012 12:25 PM
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Cross-Post: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.
  • By Kathleen Sweeney
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  • January 20, 2012 9:48 AM
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The Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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Cross-Post: 20 Years of Black Lesbian Cinema Before Pariah

  • By Salamishah Tillet
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  • January 3, 2012 10:40 AM
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Pariah - written and directed by Dee Rees

Most of this review was written after screening the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  It has been augmented.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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Interview with Dee Rees - Writer and Director of Pariah

Pariah opens in limited release tomorrow. I was able to catch it and the Toronto Film Festival. Here is my conversation with writer/director Dee Rees.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 27, 2011 11:22 AM
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In My Humble Opinion- The Best Female Directed Films of 2011

It goes without saying that women made all kinds of films this year.  But the reality is that most made indie films.  Only a couple made studio films.  And the numbers of women directing films is still abysmally low. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 26, 2011 11:59 AM
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