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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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Women and Hollywood

Women Directors Fare Much Better in the Indie World - But It's Still Not Good Enough

Film festivals across the country are much more welcoming to female filmmakers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 6, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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Infographic: Women and Hollywood - Better Luck Next Year...Or Next Decade

Check out this original Women and Hollywood infographic to see how frustratingly little has changed in the film and TV industries for female creative talent.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 10:36 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Guest Post: On Editing and Cooking

The first time I told some friends that I was working on a film about a man in an iron lung trying to lose his virginity, I got looks that were somewhere between incredulity and pity. I could tell they thought that watching it would be more like politically correct homework than a movie anyone would want to see. But Ben Lewin's script, The Sessions, was far from that. It was a compassionate, humorous story about a disabled man's journey to adulthood that was surprisingly universal.
  • By Lisa Bromwell
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  • December 5, 2012 2:00 PM
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