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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

Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Finds Distribution

Gravitas Ventures will release the (very funny) Sundance comedy early next year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 12:00 PM
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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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Provinceton Film Fest to Present Its Inaugural Juice Award for Women Directors

The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and four hours of consulting.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 16, 2014 12:00 PM
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8 Queer Women Films to Watch in 2014

Lesbian cinema has moved beyond the traditional "coming out" narrative to ask the all-important question, How does one love?
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • June 16, 2014 11:00 AM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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  • 2 Comments

The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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  • 16 Comments

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