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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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Cross-Post: A Heroine's Journey

The world has moved on but I’m still obsessing about why, for the second time in three years was there no films directed by a woman in the main competition at Cannes this year. I mean I know it’s only one festival but it’s by far the most prestigious and really that kind of omission is much more than the sum of its parts. It really does beg the larger question of why? Why are there so few females being recognized for excellence? This is 2012 for God’s sake, we’ve been writing books, winning literary awards, hung in national galleries, directing operas and ballets, running theatre companies for years now so what is it that is denying us a larger quota of recognition of film-making?
  • By Rachel Ward
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  • June 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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Four Steps Back - NO Women Directors in Competition at Cannes

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Cologne, Germany having arrived yesterday at International Frauen Film Festival for the second year in a row.  I came back this year because I had such a great time last year meeting and talking with so many women directors and I really love the people who run this festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 7:18 AM
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  • 19 Comments

We Need to Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at the Evening Standard Awards

Lynne Ramsey's We Need to Talk About Kevin took another top award in Britain this week - The Evening Standard Award.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 7, 2012 10:30 AM
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