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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 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

Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott School Hollywood

The Times critics lambast Hollywood on the treatment of women in film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Manohla Dargis on the Perks of Being a Male Director

"In the magical world of big-screen entertainment, some guys get all the breaks and also the keys to the studio gate, meaning a franchise like this."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 7, 2014 12:27 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis: "The Movie Industry is Failing Women"

In response to the paltry showing of women directors among studio and indie films, New York Times chief film critic Manohla Dargis said, "The movie industry is failing women. And until the industry starts making serious changes, nothing is going to change."
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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