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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

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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  • August 26, 2014 12:00 PM
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Susanna Fogel's Female-Friendship Comedy Life Partners Finds Distribution

Magnolia picked up the film starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 10:20 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Susanna Fogel (Life Partners)

"The idea of normalizing a best friendship between a lesbian and a straight girl without overly politicizing their sexualities felt exciting and true to the zeitgeist now."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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