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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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Women and Hollywood

Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.
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  • January 31, 2012 10:00 AM
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Sundance 2012 Success Story: Ava Duvernay

One of the biggest success stories out of Sundance is Ava Duvernay. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 7:13 AM
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Lauren Greenfield and Ava Duvernay Win Top Directing Honors at Sundance

Another Sundance is in the books and women and their films took many of the top honors in this past weekend's awards ceremony.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 30, 2012 9:19 AM
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The Sundance Institute and Women in Film Team Up to Get More Women Filmmakers Working in Hollywood

Finally some organizations have stepped up and stood up and committed resources to work towards improving the amount of female filmmakers working in the business.  Women in Film and the Sundance Institute are going to track female filmmakers who show their films at Sundance to get a sense of the trajectory that these directors go on after they leave the festival. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 24, 2012 11:00 AM
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Two Women Directed Films Get Deals

Magnolia PIctures has picked up the documentary Queen of Versailles by Lauren Greenfield. Here's the description: the film "tells the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple who began building the largest home in America before the housing crash put the couple's fortune in jeopardy."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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