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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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Athena Co-Chair Diablo Cody Helps Kicks Off The Athena Film Festival Tonight

As we here at Women and Hollywood gear up for the Athena Film Festival starting tonight at Barnard College, we are so excited and thankful for the press that has been circulating about the festival. Co-chair of this year’s festival, Diablo Cody, has been speaking about the festival in a bevy of excellent interviews.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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Link Roundup: TV Edition- November 2012

There has been a ton of women centric TV news, some of which we haven't had the chance to cover. Here's a round up of some recent women in TV news.
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  • November 21, 2012 10:07 AM
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The Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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Diablo Cody, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig Get Nominated for WGA Awards

It seems that women's orginal work is being recognized this year by the WGA with two out of the five slots for original screenplay taken by women.  Diablo Cody was nominated for Young Adult and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo got a nod for Bridesmaids.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 6, 2012 11:16 AM
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The Year That Was

Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.
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  • January 3, 2012 9:27 AM
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Young Adult

I heart Young Adult.  I heart it because it is an awesome and original story.  I heart it because Charlize Theron hits it out of the park as the horribly bitchy Mavis a woman stuck in her high school self because that was when she was queen.  You know when you look at the male football players in high school and they are so cute and so dumb but they rule the world because it is high school.  But you know that those are the same guys who wind up selling vacuum cleaners and developing a beer gut by the time they are 30.  The guys you were in awe of become the sad ones.  Mavis is one of those guys, but she is a girl.  She peaked at 16.  She was the golden mean bitch who I'm sure roamed the halls spilling slushees on the plebes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 12:39 PM
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Interview with Diablo Cody

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Diablo Cody was kindly able to take a few minutes to talk Young Adult and feminism in the film business on the eve of the opening of her new film.  It's good to know that we have a strong feminist voice out there unafraid to own up to her convictions.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 10:16 AM
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Dirty Trailer for Young Adult - written by Diablo Cody

If you think you knew what Young Adult was about, this will throw a wrench in those thoughts. Just please don't play this around the kids - it's good and dirty.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 10:31 AM
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Announcing the 2nd Annual Athena Film Festival: a Celebration of Women and Leadership

For those of you who don't know, I am the artistic director and co-founder of the awesome (if I do say so myself) Athena Film Festival. We will launch year two on February 9. We will be announcing the awardees and the films over the next two months.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 2:27 PM
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