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'Five Things' Presents: Melissa Silverstein, Founder, Women & Hollywood (New York, NY)

Melissa Silverstein is a writer and speaker with an extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She is the founder and publisher 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 diversity in Hollywood and the global film industry.  She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival -- A Celebration of Women and Leadership -- at Barnard College in NYC. The 7th annual festival will take place from February 9-12, 2017.

Melissa recently received the Marie C. Wilson Emerging Leader Award from the Ms. Foundation for Women. In 2015 she was selected to be a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, the major film diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. And she 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. 

She has written for The Washington Post, NY Times, Forbes, More Magazine and has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications. She was a contributor to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of Our Time.

In 2013, she was one of the recipients of the Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is an Advisory Board member to Project Greenlight Digital Studios, and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and NY Women in Film and TV.