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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

Ava DuVernay to be Honored by Adrienne Shelly Foundation

Ava DuVernay will receive the Adrienne Shelly Foundation's Third Annual Woman of Vision Salute.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Stacie Passon Wins Two Women Directing Awards

Stacie Passon has had a big couple of weeks. First on November 20 she won this year’s IFP Labs/Adrienne Shelly Foundation Director’s Grant for her film Concussion at the Foundation's second annual Woman of Vision Salute which also honored Lena Dunham.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Marian Evans
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  • November 29, 2012 9:50 AM
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The Adrienne Shelly Foundation Announces 2012 Grant Recipients

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation announced their five new grant recipients for 2012. The five grants are awarded in conjunction with other organizations/ institutions including: Columbia University, Boston University, Tribeca All Access, Women in Film Finishing Fund and the American Film Institute. The grants are given to women filmmakers to support their careers and artistic vision as well as furthering the legacy that actor, writer and director Adrienne Shelly left behind.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2012 2:22 PM
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