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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

Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Discuss the Difficulty of Risk-Taking As Women in Hollywood

Blanchett and Washington were honored by Women in Film at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.
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  • June 13, 2014 11:25 AM
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Women in Film-LA to Honor the Leaders of Its PSA Program

The PSA program has mentored and trained over 4000 members while gifting $18 million of donations to charities nationwide.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 3, 2014 12:22 PM
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Cross-Post: 5 Takeaways from the Sundance Institute's Women in Film Financing Intensive

Money may not be the root of all evil, but it's certainly a root cause of one: holding back women filmmakers.
  • By Caryn James
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  • May 27, 2014 3:26 PM
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Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne Honored by Women in Film

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Eva Longoria, and Frozen director Jennifer Lee are the five honorees of WIF's Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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Women in Film's Finishing Fund Application Process Now Open

Submitted projects must be by, for or about women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Women in Film Announces 28th Annual Film Finishing Fund Recipients

Women in Film announced the winners of their 28th annual Film Finishing Fund. The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that are by or about women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 4, 2013 3:00 PM
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Crystal + Lucy Awards Honor Laura Linney, Women of 'Mad Men' and More

Women in Film LA's annual Crystal + Lucy Awards held earlier this week honored some amazing women and men who have championed women in their professional work as well as their personal lives. The brilliant women of Mad Men were honored as well as George Lucas, Sofia Coppola (whose film The Bling Ring is out today), Rachel Morrison and Laura Linney.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 14, 2013 3:00 PM
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Women In Film, Los Angeles Announces Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced their Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees for 2013. It's an extremely impressive lineup. The awards, established in 1977, celebrate women and men in the entertainment industry who are doing groundbreaking, creative work to pave the way for others in the industry.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women In Film 2013 Finishing Fund Taking Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Women In Film's 2013 Finishing Fund grants.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 11, 2013 10:00 AM
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Women In Film International Committee Co-Sponsors Tri-City Showcase of Films by Cuban Women

The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque are taking on a huge, exciting new project—a Tri-State showcase of films by Cuban women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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