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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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The Big O: Watch Out, Toronto - The Great Kate, Dame Maggie, and Some Stellar Female Directors Are Coming Your Way

Also at Toronto this year: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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Ava DuVernay's Selma to Be Released Christmas Day

The opening date makes the Martin Luther King, Jr., biopic a serious Oscar contender.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 24, 2014 12:09 PM
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Guest Post: Getting to the Finish Line

"Vanishing Pearls" director Nailah Jefferson on finding a sisterhood on her journey to save the Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache.
  • By Nailah Jefferson
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  • April 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Paramount to Distribute Ava DuVernay's Selma

"Selma" is one of several MLK films currently in the works, but Deadline reports that Winfrey's participation is putting the production on the fast track.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 3:36 PM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Ava DuVernay to be Honored by Adrienne Shelly Foundation

Ava DuVernay will receive the Adrienne Shelly Foundation's Third Annual Woman of Vision Salute.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Ava DuVernay on Directing Tonight's Scandal Episode

Middle of Nowhere director and Women and Hollywood hero Ava DuVernay helmed tonight's episode of ABC's Scandal. DuVernay spoke to us about her own Scandal fandom, Shonda Rhimes' bad-assery, and why we're all addicted to Washington's fiercest gladiators.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Indie Director Ava DuVernay on Dressing for Success

Clothes make the director. That's the lesson filmmaker Ava DuVernay imparted in a keynote speech at Los Angeles' Film Independent Forum on Sunday. The 2012 winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize described her "director's uniform," a kind of work armor that's more about self-protection than self-expression.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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