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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 Dominate First Feature, Documentary Categories in Spirit Awards Nods

Former IFP Labs project "Concussion" by Stacie Passon
Women directors outnumbered the men among the Independent Spirit Awards' Best First Feature and Best Documentary nominees. Women writers were also well represented in the Best Screenplay and Best First Screenplay. However, no woman was nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, or Best International Film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Middle of Nowhere and The Invisible War Win at Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards were also held this weekend. Some of our favorite films of the past year, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and The Invisible War were recognized.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 26, 2013 10:05 AM
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Women Nominees from 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced yesterday. And while some of the results are less than stellar (zero women directed films for best feature (seriously!), no women cinematographers), there is a lot to be excited about including:
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 28, 2012 11:30 AM
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Where are the Women at the Indie Spirit Nominations?

I just got back from a meeting and broke open the list of indie spirit nominees for 2012 and I am utterly dispirited at the lack of female voices throughout the categories. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 4:41 PM
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