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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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Cross Post - 13 Myths Hollywood Uses to Hide Discrimination Against Women Directors

1. The number of women directors is so small because women are not really interested in directing and few women are exceptional enough to do a man's job.
  • By Maria Giese
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and the Real Problem With Male Filmmakers and Female Sexuality

I am a man, and this is an article concerning female sexuality, at least in part. I feel that should be noted immediately, lest anyone take it as an unnoticed irony rather than a relevant starting point. While I don't see my gender as fatally problematic either to the authorship of this article or this column in general, it is far from irrelevant.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • October 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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Cross Post: The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?

Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women, with leading women at the forefront, one of which is crowned the early frontrunner to win. Imagine an Oscar race where it didn't matter anymore. Maybe it's the same year Kathryn Bigelow, Angelina Jolie and Jane Campion all have Oscar frontrunners.
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • September 30, 2013 12:00 PM
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Cross Post: Meet The Butler's Powerhouse Producer

Sheila Johnson is a highly successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, producer, and philanthropist, with achievements and accolades far too numerous to list. I have the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees of The Sundance Institute with Sheila, and we share a passion for the advancement of women and girls as members of Women Moving Millions.
  • By Jacki Zehner
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  • August 23, 2013 1:15 PM
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Cross Post: Legendary Passed On Red Reaper Because It Has a Female Action Hero

When Tara Cardinal's labor of love and sweat and tears, the fantasy/action feature Legend of the Red Reaper, was written, it was shopped at various distributors and production studios, as films are wont to be when their creators are seeking distribution or production funds.
  • By Heidi Honeycutt
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  • August 21, 2013 11:35 AM
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