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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 Nominees at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association announced their nominees for their 2012 IDA Documentary Awards. It’s really exciting to note that 4 of the 5 shorts are directed by women as well as 2 of the 5 features (and one of the other features nominated is The Invisible War).
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  • October 23, 2012 9:45 AM
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2012 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema Nominees Annnounced

Famed fashion house, Gucci, has announced the 2012 nominees for the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The award, which is for women’s artistic achievement in film, is awarded collaboratively with the Venice International Film Festival. It's a really broad award covering many different areas. Who knows how they will be able to pick the winner.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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Happy International Women's Day: Watch Saving Face on HBO Tonight

I started today watching the harrowing Academy Award winning documentary Saving Face directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The film tells the story of women in Pakistan who have been disfigured and mutiliated by their loved ones just because they are women. The women tried to escape abuse or bad marriages and the price they paid was their faces. It is brutal.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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