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 and Hollywood

Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jessica Yu (Misconception)

"We literally had people asking us to make this film. But then during the research phase, I became fascinated by the disconnect between what I thought I knew and what is actually happening."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Amy Berg (Every Secret Thing)

"'Every Secret Thing' is a psychological thriller about a small, suburban New York town that must revisit a tragic murder from seven years earlier when a young girl goes missing in broad daylight. The film is important because it examines the gray area -- the why and how things happen."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 11:30 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Kate Davis (Newburgh Sting)

"It was very hard to get people from all sides to talk on camera. The prosecutor, several defense attorneys, even family members of the convicted men were afraid to speak out against the FBI, fearing for either their jobs or personal security. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Weekly Update for March April 18: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on April 18.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 18, 2014 4:30 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Sabine Lubbe Bakker (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

"Since the friendship between the two protagonists is ruthless, and therefore beautifully honest, I too had to accept we can't always 'fix' things."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 4:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Melissa Johnson (Love in the Time of March Madness)

"I made 'Love in the Time of March Madness' because it's in my bones, literally. It's a dark comedy about my dating life as a woman who hit 6'4" in 8th grade at 127 pounds with size 12 feet -- and lived to tell about it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 3:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Chloe Grace Moretz in If I Stay

Life-or-death situations are rarely as literal as the one teenage Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) faces: Should she live or die?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

The planned showrunners are "True Blood" writer Angela Robinson and "The L Word" scribe Alex Kondracke.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 18, 2014 2:30 PM
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Cynthia Lopez to Run NYC Film Office

Bill de Blasio has chosen Lopez to run the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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Guest Post: Getting to the Finish Line

"Vanishing Pearls" director Nailah Jefferson on finding a sisterhood on her journey to save the Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache.
  • By Nailah Jefferson
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  • April 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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