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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 Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

"Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."
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  • June 23, 2014 12:33 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Gren Wells (The Road Within)

"On any low-budget film, you're fighting the clock, so I implemented a three-take rule for every set-up."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler (Trouble Dolls)

"We were inspired by the bizarre living spaces that exist in NYC. The city is pretty crammed with people, and for many, leading a relaxed, spacious, 'normal' life is too expensive."
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  • June 17, 2014 4:00 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Debra Granik on Stray Dog, Her Follow-Up to Winter's Bone

"The biggest obstacles with filming outside your own social class, race or gender will be just that -- crossing into those chasms of difference. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 13, 2014 12:30 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Amanda Marsalis (Echo Park)

"When Catalina Aguilar Mastretta's script was sent to me and the title was 'Echo Park,' the neighborhood where I live, it felt like fate. The story was about a young woman in a complicated time in her life, trying to find her way."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 12, 2014 3:06 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Rania Attieh (Recommended by Enrique)

"The biggest challenge was to find all locations and cast -- all local, non-professional actors (which constituted the entire cast except for Sarah Swinwood, who we found on YouTube) -- in Del Rio in the span of one week."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2014 11:00 AM
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LAFF Women Directors: Meet Kimberly Levin (Runoff)

"The seeds of the story are based on something that happened to me when I was working as a field biochemist in Kentucky."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 10, 2014 10:44 AM
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Lisa Cholodenko to be Guest Director of LA Film Festival

Previous LAFF guest directors have included David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow and Alfonso Cuaron.
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  • April 9, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: The New Black - Directed by Yoruba Richen

In honor of a historic day in American history, we bring you the new trailer for Yoruba Richen's documentary The New Black which just won the AFI Docs Film Festival Audience Award and played at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The whole team from Women and Hollywood has seen the film and are big fans.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 27, 2013 12:19 PM
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Women Centric & Directed Films Nab Awards at Provincetown Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival

Yesterday both the Provincetown Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the recipients of their awards and women won big. Both festivals honored several women directed and centric films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 24, 2013 12:18 PM
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