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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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Land Ho! Director Martha Stephens on Her Raunchy Comedy About Two Old Men and Her Unlikely Muse

"Maybe because I’m a girl, maybe because Aaron has made more movies than I have -- you’ll read a tweet, or you’ll have an interview where they only make eye contact with him the whole time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 10, 2014 2:47 PM
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July 2014 Film Preview

July is all about "Tammy" and "Lucy" and "Gabrielle."
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • July 2, 2014 11:26 AM
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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 Producers: Meet Mynette Louie

"Keeping up with the changing distribution landscape is exhausting! It feels like between the time a film of mine gets greenlit to the time it premieres, distribution has morphed and the players have changed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 19, 2014 3:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Martha Stephens

"Make the movies you want to make, not the movies you're expected to make just because you're female."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 19, 2014 12:30 PM
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