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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

Trailer Watch: Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a Troubled Pop Star in Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights

Will anyone have a better year than Gugu Mbatha-Raw?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 27, 2014 2:50 PM
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Only One Female Filmmaker Invited to Join the Academy as a Director; Only 28% of Invitees Are Women

Gina Prince-Bythewood makes the cut, but Claire Denis and Chantal Akerman are asked to join the Writers' group, while Jennifer Lee is sidelined into Short Films and Feature Animation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 27, 2014 11:50 AM
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  • 12 Comments

Two African American Female Directors Book New Films

I was excited to report that one African American female director got a new gig, but two puts me close to over the moon.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 28, 2012 10:24 AM
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  • 2 Comments

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