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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

Interview with Adepero Oduye star of Pariah

This is the week when Pariah starts to roll out and I can't say emphatically enough that when this film comes to your town, you must see it.
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  • December 26, 2011 10:17 AM
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Pariah Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks to Lincoln Center's Richard Pena

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  • December 14, 2011 9:30 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Acknowledges That The Industry is Sexist

The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of their complete dismissal of women in both its writer and director roundtables has done a 360 and put together a whole cover on the lack of women directors and other women in power in the business.  While the package is interesting (while not saying anything we didn't already know), I just wish that this didn't seem like such a fix up for their earlier ridiculousness.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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Talking Oscars and Feminism with Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter

Check out this audio interview I did with Scott Feinberg - Oscar analyst at the Hollywood Reporter. We talked about the Oscar race with a feminist slant. I really enjoyed the conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 11:56 AM
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Where are the Women at the Indie Spirit Nominations?

I just got back from a meeting and broke open the list of indie spirit nominees for 2012 and I am utterly dispirited at the lack of female voices throughout the categories. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 4:41 PM
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Gotham Award Winners: The Women

The awards season began in earnest last evening with the IFP sponsored Gotham Awards. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 9:21 AM
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Women Directed Movies in 2011

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter roundtable on directors made me crazy, but it also made me think.  While I will give them no leeway on the ridiculous comment asking the directors to name a major movie directed by a woman this past year, I thought it would be good to look at ALL the movies directed by women this year in order to get a decent assessment of where we are going on two years after Kathryn Bigelow won the best director award.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 10:49 AM
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Share Your Pariah Moment

Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? Ever felt like a Pariah? The folks from the film Pariah want to hear your story.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 10, 2011 9:15 AM
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