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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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Women and Hollywood

Study: Latina Women Most Likely to Be Naked On Screen

Also, animators -- i.e., the people who can literally give their characters any color skin they want -- overwhelmingly tend to go with white.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 6, 2014 3:30 PM
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  • 8 Comments
More: Diversity

Latina Women Are this Summer's Hottest Demographic at the Box Office

Latinas over the age of 25 have been going to the movies in droves this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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BFI Film Fund's New Requirements Promote Diversity On and Off Screen

"To stay really relevant, it is vital that our film and television industries reflect and properly represent our society," said BFI CEO Amanda Nevill.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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More: BFI, Diversity

Out in the Night Traces an Attempt to Seek Justice for Queer Women of Color

The case against the "New Jersey Four" was a perfect storm of injustice.
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • June 26, 2014 11:28 AM
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The Four Things I Learned on My Recent Trip to Hollywood

The movement for change in Hollywood is bigger than anyone thinks it is.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Sundance London Directors: Meet Sydney Freeland (Drunktown's Finest)

"If I look at myself on paper, I'm a minority of a minority of a minority. But for whatever reason, I've never really thought about it. I have a desire to tell stories through film, and I'll do whatever it takes to do that."
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • May 7, 2014 1:00 PM
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Why Leslie Jones' Controversial Slavery Sketch on SNL Was So Important

Jones speaks out about the tough reality for many black women in America, who face the double burden of both sexism and racism.
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • May 6, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Belle Director Amma Asante Explains Why She Wanted Tell a Jane Austen Story With a Black Protagonist

There's nothing quite like "Belle" on the contemporary film scene -- a luxurious period piece and a sweet, gentle romance that wears its keenly insightful politics on its silk sleeves. In the first of two interviews, Director Amma Asante discusses gender, love, and the origins of the film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 1, 2014 1:30 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Watch: A Jem Fan Responds to the Movie's Whitewashed Casting

The "Jem" crew continues to piss off its fanbase.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 28, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments

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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  • 1 Comment

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