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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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Women and Hollywood

Pussy Riot No Longer a Band; First Russian Screening of Their Doc Canceled

Just a day after newly freed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina announced the disbandment of Russia's most important feminist punk group, the Putin administration canceled the first public screening of the film "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 30, 2013 11:54 AM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Dawn Porter

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter, whose latest film, 'Gideon's Army,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 14, 2013 12:00 PM
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Susan Lacy Leaves WNET for HBO Documentary Films

Susan Lacy is leaving her long-time spot at WNET to work with Sheila Nevins at HBO Documentary Films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 19, 2013 11:33 AM
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