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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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Sundance's Women in Film Event Calls Out Hollywood Sexism, Awards $32k in Grants

There was apparently one running theme at the eighth Women in Film panel hosted by the Sundance Film Festival: entrenched industry sexism. Director Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam) declared, "We live in a sexist world and Hollywood is at the heart of it."
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  • January 20, 2014 2:18 PM
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Emotional Creature Celebrates Girls Lives

There have been so few shows and events that truly reveal what it is like to be a girl that when you see truth - the good and the bad - you immediately know that you are seeing something special. For me, the TV show that epitomized girlhood will always be My So Called Life, the Winnie Holzman created show, that ran for one season almost 20 years ago.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2012 1:30 PM
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Eve Ensler to Make Directing Debut With The Other Side Starring Jane Fonda

Vagina Monologue writer and V-Day activist Eve Ensler will be making her directorial debut on The Other Side a film that will also focus on the epidemic of rape in the Congo.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2011 3:10 AM
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