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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Soska Sisters to Direct Superheroine Movie

The cop-turned-vigilante Painkiller Jane will get the big-screen treatment from the twin cult filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 25, 2014 1:00 PM
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Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron to Contribute to All-Female Horror Anthology

Dark Sky's announcement that it is compiling a horror anthology called XX with only female directors and protagonists is welcome news. Variety reports: "The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron Karyn Kusama, sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska and Jovanka Vuckovic."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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Guest Post Rerun: American Mary Sets Out to Modify the Way You Think About Women in Horror

Originally published on October 30th. American Mary opens in limited release today and is available on VOD.
  • By Jen and Sylvia Soska
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  • May 31, 2013 12:36 PM
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Guest Post: American Mary Sets Out to Modify the Way You Think About Women in Horror

In short, our film American Mary proclaims that she is the story of medical student Mary Mason who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted by medical school and the surgeons she once admired. The allure of easy money and notoriety brings Mary into the messy world of body modification and underground surgery that leaves more marks on Mary than her so called "freakish" clientele.
  • By Jen and Sylvia Soska
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  • October 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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