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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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Only 16% of Locarno Film Fest Lineup Directed by Women

The Swiss festival will honor Agnes Varda, Mia Farrow, and Juliette Binoche this year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 16, 2014 3:01 PM
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Agnes Varda to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

Varda, who has directed more than thirty films, is often called the "Mother of the French New Wave."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 7, 2014 12:07 PM
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Women Directed Films at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival

The line up for the Locarno Film Festival was unveiled today, the first under new artistic director Carlo Chatrian. The festival runs from August 7-17th and has a diverse slate of films ranging from bigger studio pictures to smaller independent films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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Locarno Film Festival Lineup: 2 Women Directed Films In Competition

On Wednesday, the Locarno Film Festival announced its lineup for in-competition films and the Piazza Grande program. Held from August 1-11, Locarno is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, currently in its 65th year.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 13, 2012 12:46 PM
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Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honor at Locarno Film Festival

Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling will receive the festival's excellence award at the opening night of this year's festival on August 1st.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2012 10:27 AM
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