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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

Sundance Sale: Sony Classics Nabs Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear

After debuting at Sundance to great reviews, Maya Forbes' feature debut, "Infinitely Polar Bear," has been bought by Sony Picture Classics.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 11:00 AM
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Sundance Women Producers: Meet Galt Niederhoffer

"Female producers should recognize that sexism is alive and well in this industry, that it pervades every interaction between men and women, particularly women in positions of authority."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Maya Forbes

"I wrote a script based on my childhood, growing up with a manic-depressive father and a mother who had to make some very hard choices."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 18, 2014 12:30 PM
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Variety's 10 Directors to Watch: A Glimpse of the Future We're Fighting for

Not too long ago, it seemed as though Variety had never heard of a woman director other than Nicole Holofcener. But its "10 Directors to Watch" list for 2013 gives female filmmakers a much fairer turn, with five of the eleven directors singled out for recognition being women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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