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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 at the 2012 LA Film Festival

The LA Film Festival starts this weekend.   There are many women directed films as part of the Festival.  Festival Director Stephanie Allain talked about the importance of having a diverse lineup:
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  • June 15, 2012 10:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World - Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria

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  • February 10, 2012 9:30 AM
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The Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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Hollywood Reporter Acknowledges That The Industry is Sexist

The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of their complete dismissal of women in both its writer and director roundtables has done a 360 and put together a whole cover on the lack of women directors and other women in power in the business.  While the package is interesting (while not saying anything we didn't already know), I just wish that this didn't seem like such a fix up for their earlier ridiculousness.
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  • December 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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