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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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Mary Pickford Foundation and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honor Mary Pickford

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to launch a multi-year partnership to honor the legacy of Mary Pickford. Pickford, who was one of the founding members of the Academy and a co-founder of United Artists, also was one of the most famous actresses of the silent film era.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2012 10:11 PM
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First Feature on Hollywood Legend Mary Pickford to Go Into Production Next Year

It's always good news when a woman whose contributions to our culture have receded from contemporary knowledge gets brought back into mainstream culture.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2012 11:00 AM
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Trouble Between the Mary Pickford Foundation and the Mary Pickford Institute

I know a bit about Mary Pickford from reading Cari Beauchamp's biography of Frances Marion Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood.  Suffice it to say she was a very important person in early Hollywood.  She was one of the 36 founders of the Academy, and she was one of the founders of United Artists studio along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and (her soon to be husband) Douglas Fairbanks.  She was a leading actress in the silent era and a significant producer.  She founded the Motion Picture Relief Fund that helped actors in need.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 30, 2012 12:52 PM
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