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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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Swedish Director Lisa Aschan Returns $730,000 Grant

When is the last time you heard of a filmmaker giving money back?  Well it has happened.  Swedish director Lisa Aschan has turned down a $730,000 grant she was awarded based on the success of her first film She Monkeys (which won the best narrative film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival) by the Swedish Film Institute to make her second film The Deposit. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 5, 2012 10:30 AM
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Lisa Aschan Wins $800,000 From Stockholm Film Fund

Director Lisa Aschan whose first film She Monkeys won the best narrative feature at last year's Tribeca Film Festival is the inaugural recipient of the Stockholm Film Fund. She receives $800,000 towards her second film The Deposit which she will co-write and direct.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2011 11:45 AM
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