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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

TV: Six More Makers Docs to Air on PBS This Summer

PBS will air six documentaries about women's progress in the divergent fields of war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood, and politics starting in June.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 22, 2014 11:30 AM
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Directing the Future Panelists Are Beating the Odds

According to an oft-cited statistic, women comprise only 9% of directors in the film industry. But the participants of the "Directing the Future" panel at Pepperdine University School of Law's Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System symposium haven't let those numbers stop them.
  • By Lauren C. Byrd
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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Interview with Linda Goldstein Knowlton - Director of Somewhere Between

Producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton who produced one of my favorite films ever -- Whale Rider -- steps behind the camera to direct a film for her daughter Ruby whom she adopted from China. The film is a beautiful valentine to a group of girls and their fierce parents stuggling to forge their own identities "Somewhere Between."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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