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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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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth)

"Our film is not a solemn, deferential portrait of an acclaimed musician. Instead, we focused on probing universal themes including mortality, our time on earth and how we spend that time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2014 3:00 PM
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A Third of New Directors/New Films FF Lineup Directed by Women

Nine emerging female helmers will have their works featured at the 43rd New Directors/New Films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 21, 2014 11:58 AM
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Women Win Nearly a Third of Sundance Awards

Women directors, editors, cinematographers, and musicians received a third of the nearly thirty awards doled out by the film festival. Among them were Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde, who directed "52 Tuesdays," a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who adjusts to her mother's transition into a man.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 3:07 PM
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