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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

Cross Post: Ry Russo-Young Discusses John Krasinski's First Sex Scene and Collaborating With Lena Dunham for 'Nobody Walks'

Ry Russo-Young may have worked with her highest profile cast to date for her third directorial offering Nobody Walks, but that doesn't mean she's softened up. Working off an incisive and surprising screenplay co-written by Girls sensation Lena Dunham, Nobody Walks explores rocky emotional terrain much like to her breakout sophomore feature You Won't Miss Me, while making no apologies for the wayward heroine at its center.
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  • October 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Nobody Walks - directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Ry Russo Young and Lena Dunham

The film premiered at Sundance 2012 and will open in theatres on October 12
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 8, 2012 9:45 AM
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Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 10:00 AM
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The Sundance 2012 Competition Lineup: The Women

Sundance unveiled the competition lineups.  Here is the first look at the US Dramatic and Documentary competition.  There are 16 films in each category.  In the dramatic category,  3 are directed by women.  2 are written by women and 3 are about women.  That's under 20% female directed.  The documentary category is another story.  Fully 50% of the films are directed (or co-directed) by women.  8 out of 16.  That's very exciting.  And what I immediately noticed is the the women directed docs look at the large over arching issues of our time with several on the economy and healthcare.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 1, 2011 9:56 AM
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