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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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The Big O: What's at Stake for Cate in the Woody Debate?

After acknowledging Allen's output numerous times since the allegations were originally made, the Academy appears to operate on the principle that the work comes first and any moral or ethical issues are secondary.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 6, 2014 10:00 AM
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Megan Ellison Leads PGA Awards Nominations

Wunderkind producer Megan Ellison leads the pack with two nominations for her behind-the-scenes work on "Her" and "American Hustle."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Best Women-Centric Films of 2013

2013 was another execrable year for female filmmakers, but it was a pretty great one for actresses.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Sarah Polley, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence Are NYFCC Picks

The New York Film Critics Circle released their best-of list yesterday, and director Sarah Polley was the sole female awardee in a non-acting category.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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  • 0 Comments

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