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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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Pussy Riot No Longer a Band; First Russian Screening of Their Doc Canceled

Just a day after newly freed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina announced the disbandment of Russia's most important feminist punk group, the Putin administration canceled the first public screening of the film "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 30, 2013 11:54 AM
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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Goes on a Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the jailed members of Pussy Riot, has gone on a hunger strike to protest inhumane conditions in the prison that she is serving her sentence in.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 1:00 PM
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Pussy Riot are Back with New Video

The ladies of Pussy Riot are back with a new video "Like a Red Prison." The video is the first in over a year, since their anti-Putin protest which led to three of the members being arrested and jailed. Two of them still remain in jail.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2013 2:30 PM
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Pussy Riot Band Members Speak Out on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes did a segment on Pussy Riot, the now infamous feminist punk band from Russia who were sent to prison for their demonstration against Vladimir Putin. Two of the members are still serving time in labor camps and other members who were never identified have gone into hiding.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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