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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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Submit Your Film to the Athena Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women's leadership in real life and the fictional world.
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  • June 2, 2014 11:48 AM
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2014 Athena List of Best Unproduced Screenplays with Strong Female Protagonists Announced

Because we need more female characters at the movies.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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Athena FF: Lexi Alexander Proposes a Solution to Hollywood's Woman Director Problem

Lexi Alexander wants to be an optimist. "Let's assume the men [in Hollywood] are not just selfish pricks," she said at the Athena Film Fest, where she headlined a Q&A panel that followed up on her explosive post about the routine and pernicious employment discrimination faced by women directors in the industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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Athena FF: Callie Khouri on the Difference between Women Characters in Film vs. TV

Asked what changes she might make to the ending of "Thelma and Louise," Khouri replied, "Have them drive faster."
  • By Angela Bonavoglia
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  • February 10, 2014 11:37 PM
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Athena FF: Amma Asante's Belle Revisits Jane Austen Through Black POV

"This is the story of a woman who is loved." Those are the words black British director Amma Asante used to describe her marvelous sophomore feature "Belle" at the Athena Film Festival this past weekend, and they had a palpable emotional impact when Asante uttered them at the film's post-screening Q&A.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 10, 2014 10:11 PM
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Athena Film Fest Starts February 6th

Taking place over four days at Barnard College in New York City on February 6-9, the fourth annual Athena Film Fest will offer a variety of narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and works in progress directed by and/or starring women, as well as workshops, panels, and master classes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 6, 2014 2:00 PM
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Watch the Athena Film Fest 2014 Trailer

The 2014 Athena Film Festival has released a trailer for the February event.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 1:00 PM
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Athena Film Fest Lineup Announced

The Athena Film Festival, the Women and Hollywood-affiliated event co-founded by Melissa Silverstein, has announced the lineup for its fourth annual showcase of works by women directors and about pioneering girls and women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 11:18 AM
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Sherri Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri, Kasi Lemmons to be Honored at Athena FF

The Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival will present former Paramount and 20th Century Fox chief Sherry Lansing with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as salute Sundance Executive Director Keri Putnam, Nashville showrunner Callie Khouri, and Black Nativity director Kasi Lemmons.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Happy Birthday Women and Hollywood - This is What 6 Looks Like

I can't believe it but Women and Hollywood is entering its 7th year. (And for the record I got a little bit ahead of myself - it's our 6th birthday and we are going into our 7th year.) I know that some of you found us just this year and some (I hope many) of you have been here through it all.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 3, 2013 3:38 PM
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