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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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Hysteria - Directed by Tanya Wexler, co-written by Jonah Lisa Dyer

Here is a repost of the review of the review I wrote after I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  The film opens in the US today.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 18, 2012 10:12 AM
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Toronto Review: Hysteria

One of the most vivid memories I have of my college learning experience is a class I took on Women in American History. I remember reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Kate Chopin's The Awakening and if I didn't have feminist inclinations before I read those books, I sure did the moment my eyes hit the page.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 20, 2011 5:00 AM
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More Toronto Additions

The Toronto Film Festival added to its already impressive lineup with some women directed films that I've been waiting for. There is a long awaited film from Nancy Savoca and Lynn Shelton's latest. It's going to be a busy week. I cannot wait.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 17, 2011 2:43 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Hysteria Directed by Tanya Wexler

Film is about the development of the vibrator and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 17, 2011 1:34 AM
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  • 2 Comments

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