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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: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.
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  • January 20, 2012 9:48 AM
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Cross-Post: 20 Years of Black Lesbian Cinema Before Pariah

  • By Salamishah Tillet
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  • January 3, 2012 10:40 AM
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Pariah - written and directed by Dee Rees

Most of this review was written after screening the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  It has been augmented.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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Interview with Dee Rees - Writer and Director of Pariah

Pariah opens in limited release tomorrow. I was able to catch it and the Toronto Film Festival. Here is my conversation with writer/director Dee Rees.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 27, 2011 11:22 AM
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Interview with Adepero Oduye star of Pariah

This is the week when Pariah starts to roll out and I can't say emphatically enough that when this film comes to your town, you must see it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 26, 2011 10:17 AM
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Pariah Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks to Lincoln Center's Richard Pena

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 14, 2011 9:30 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: The Women

The awards season began in earnest last evening with the IFP sponsored Gotham Awards. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 9:21 AM
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