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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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Variety's 10 Directors to Watch: A Glimpse of the Future We're Fighting for

Not too long ago, it seemed as though Variety had never heard of a woman director other than Nicole Holofcener. But its "10 Directors to Watch" list for 2013 gives female filmmakers a much fairer turn, with five of the eleven directors singled out for recognition being women.
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Gotham Shows Brie Larson Some Love for 'Short Term 12'

Brie Larson won the IFP Gotham Awards' Best Actress Prize for her luminous performance in the social-work drama 'Short Term 12.' "This might be my only time accepting an award so I want to make sure I get everybody in," she said.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 1:00 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Gita Pullapilly

Gita Pullapilly was born in South Bend, Indiana. She studied finance at University of Notre Dame and journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School. She produced all of Aron Gaudet's documentaries and co-directed a segment of Lifecasters (13) with him. Beneath the Harvest Sky (13), which she co-wrote and co-produced, marks her feature debut.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2013 12:15 PM
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