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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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AFI: Roundup of the Women-Directed Foreign Language Oscar Entries

This year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will be chosen from a field of 76 entries, with each feature submitted to the Academy by its respective country. Sixteen of these submissions, or just over 20%, are directed or co-directed by women.
  • By Mary Cummins
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  • November 19, 2013 10:11 AM
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Female Filmmakers Sweep Half of AFI Awards

Women directors received half of the awards presented at the closing of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles yesterday. British filmmaker Clio Barnard, whose first narrative feature, 'The Selfish Giant,' has been collecting accolades this award season, won two of the AFI's twelve prizes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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