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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

Guest Post: Celebrating Woman Directors with a Look Back at Jane Campion’s The Piano

The LA-based org Seeking Our Story, which pursues an alternative film history of women directors, will host Campion's Oscar-winning film.
  • By Samantha Shada
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  • July 18, 2014 1:56 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Athena FF: Lexi Alexander Proposes a Solution to Hollywood's Woman Director Problem

Lexi Alexander wants to be an optimist. "Let's assume the men [in Hollywood] are not just selfish pricks," she said at the Athena Film Fest, where she headlined a Q&A panel that followed up on her explosive post about the routine and pernicious employment discrimination faced by women directors in the industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 0 Comments

An Oscar-Nominated Director Gets Real About How Women Are Treated in Hollywood

If Hollywood were serious about diversity, it wouldn't fail at every turn.
  • By Lexi Alexander
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  • January 14, 2014 10:54 AM
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  • 151 Comments

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