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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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Ukraine is Not a Brothel Director Kitty Green Documents Where Feminism and Self-Objectification Meet

"I asked myself, 'How do I keep making this film if there's this kind of abusive patriarch at the helm?' I had to make a call: Do I just give up and go home because this isn't the film I thought it would be, or do I keep pursuing this and see where the girls go and see if they're ready to break free from him?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2014 11:57 AM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Kitty Green

"I was arrested eight times during the making of the documentary. The Ukrainian police didn't scare me, as they were never sure what to do with an Australian citizen. During a trip to the neighboring Belarus, however, I was abducted by the KGB while shooting a FEMEN protest."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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