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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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32nd Annual Muse Awards Recipients

New York Women in Film and Television have announced the recipients of their annual Muse awards. Actresses Mariska Hargitay (of Law and Order fame) and Lucy Liu (currently starring on Elementary) will be honored, as well as documentary filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson (known for the HBO documentary Sex Crimes Unit).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 13, 2012 1:15 PM
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Sex Crimes Unit - Directed by Lisa F. Jackson

Monday night, HBO will air a behind the scenes look at the NYC Sex Crimes prosecution unit. These are the lawyers who go to court to fight for the women (yes, it is mostly women) who have been raped and assaulted in New York City. They don't get paid a lot, they work long hours, and lots of time the deck is stacked against them but these men and women never give up to get their victims justice. They are true heroes. I loved watching the male lawyer Artie talk about how he wanted a female second chair on his case because the defendant hates women and that will come across if he teams up with a woman. I love how happy all the lawyers are when they are able to call a victim and tell them that they got a guilty verdict. These people fight the good fight every day and no one knows who they are -- until now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 17, 2011 3:15 AM
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HBO To Screen Many Docs by Women This Summer

HBO announced their summer documentary lineup and there are many great looking women directed films -- two from Liz Garbus -- and others including one about Gloria Steinem directed by men. The 11 week series begins June 6.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 21, 2011 4:10 AM
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