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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 and Hollywood

First-Time Female Filmmakers Take Home Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards at Outfest

Sydney Freeland's "Drunktown Finest" won the Best Film trophy and Desiree Akhavan's "Appropriate Behavior" the Best Screenwriting prize from the US Grand Jury.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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Sundance London Directors: Meet Sydney Freeland (Drunktown's Finest)

"If I look at myself on paper, I'm a minority of a minority of a minority. But for whatever reason, I've never really thought about it. I have a desire to tell stories through film, and I'll do whatever it takes to do that."
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • May 7, 2014 1:00 PM
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Five More Women-Directed Films Sold at Sundance

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"
Many congrats are in order.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 10:00 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Sydney Freeland

"I was born and raised on the Navajo reservation, and growing up I never felt like I saw the people and places that I knew represented on film. On a really basic level, I just wanted to tell a story about those people that I knew and give them a chance to be represented on film."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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