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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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Dreamworks to Make Adventure Movie With Black Girl Protagonist

Voice talents will include Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, and Jim Parsons.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 17, 2014 12:30 PM
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Director and Exec Sarah Smith Launches UK Animation Studio

The newly founded Locksmith Animation is largely funded by Elisabeth Murdoch.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 11, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 0 Comments

Guest Post: How I Accidentally Became a Feminist Animator

Two years ago, I walked into a dimly lit garage on a severely potholed street in Hollywood. The linoleum floors were covered in waves of styrofoam powder interrupted only by piles of broken dollhouse furniture because director Rachel Johnson (The Toll Collector) was making miniature garbage hills for her new stop-motion animated short film, Henrietta Bulkowski.
  • By Adele Han Li
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  • August 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Cross Post: Women Film Festivals: Do We Need Them?

Recently Ottawa International Animation Festival director and programmer Chris Robinson asked in a private Facebook message to 10 female animators what they felt about gender specific festivals. Namely -- programs of films made only by women.
  • By Signe Baumane
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  • April 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Cross Post: Reel Girl's Gallery of Girls Gone Missing From Children's Movies in 2013

In 2012, I waited until the last possible minute. It wasn’t until December that I posted Reel Girl’s Gallery of Girls Gone Missing from Children’s Movies in 2012. Even though in the age of the internet, the facts were impossible to miss, I kept hoping that, somehow, I’d overlooked something.
  • By Margot Magowan
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  • January 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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