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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

AFI Expands Directing Workshop for Women Program for Digital Age

This year's sponsors include the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 22, 2014 2:02 PM
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Watch: Kimberly Peirce Encourages the Next Generation of AFI Women Directors

"Every time we get hired, every time we work, every time we push back, we make change."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 6, 2014 2:00 PM
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AFI's Directing Workshop for Women Turns Forty; Kimberly Peirce to Deliver Keynote

An interview with AFI's Director Workshop for Women head Patty West on the program's 40th anniversary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 AM
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The Directing Workshop for Women 2013 Showcase

On Monday night I stepped into the Directors Guild Building for the first time to attend the annual showcase for the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women My feelings about that place are pretty negative. My general perception is that the people who run the show over there don't give a shit about women and their careers. I wished the people who run that place could have seen what I saw that night -- a whole program of women directed films. Probably happens there rarely. There was such joy in that place, and personally, it is exciting to see a whole program celebrating women directors instead of always talking about how hard things are for women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 8, 2013 11:00 AM
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