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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

Interview: Callie Khouri on Female Likability and Nashville's Upcoming Guest Stars

The "Nashville" creator speaks with Melissa Silverstein about what to expect in the second half of her show's sophomore year, the demand for female likability, and the one women-directed film that's been shut out of Oscar season this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2014 1:33 PM
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TV: A Preview of Girls' Third Season from TCA

Dunham isn't taking refuge from questions about nudity or the criticisms of the show’s initial lack of diversity. Rather, she came to TCA prepared to engage with them. "It's a realistic expression of what i'’s like to be alive, I think," she swatted one critic who asked why she was naked so frequently on the show.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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