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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

Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jessica Yu (Misconception)

"We literally had people asking us to make this film. But then during the research phase, I became fascinated by the disconnect between what I thought I knew and what is actually happening."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Women's Films Opening - May 25

Films About Women Now Playing
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 25, 2012 12:30 PM
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Women's Films Opening - May 4, 2012

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 4, 2012 11:24 AM
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Guest Post: The Women Who Propel Last Call at the Oasis

When Last Call at the Oasis director Jessica Yu first considered making a film about the global water crisis, she knew that she wanted to tell unique stories about the individuals who were having the greatest impact in their local communities. What she quickly found was that some of the most active influences around the issue are women.
  • By Jessica Yu
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  • May 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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