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by Melissa Silverstein
January 18, 2011 6:25 AM
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Melissa Silverstein is a writer, blogger and marketing consultant with an expertise in the area of social media regarding women and Hollywood. She 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. 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 fourth annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014.

Melissa 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.

Her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications. Women and Hollywood was named one of the top 100 websites for women by ForbesWoman in 2013, 2012 and 2011.  In 2011, Melissa was named one of the Top 100 Arts tweeters by the Times of London and in 2010, she was named one of 10 film critics to follow on twitter by Flavorwire.  In 2008, Women and Hollywood was named by More Magazine as one of the “blogs to watch,” and in 2009, it was named “Best Hollywood blog” by

Over the last several years, Melissa has been a part of social media marketing campaigns and events for a variety of films.  Recent films include: My Week With Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Dancing Across Borders, Bright Star, The Boys are Back, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Cheri, Sunshine Cleaning, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, Hounddog, The Duchess, A Previous Engagement, Then She Found Me, The Business of Being Born, Becoming Jane, Bend it Like Beckham, and The Hours.

She has also worked on several high profile public education campaigns including Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the Pro Choice Public Education Project, and she was the founding project director for The White House Project and prior to that was the chief of Staff at the Ms. Foundation for Women.  She is on the advisory boards of the Women’s Media Center and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV.

Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NY Times, More Magazine, the Women’s Media Center, Equality, the Magazine of the Human Rights Campaign, wowOwow, Huffington Post, Zoom in Online, Alternet, Ms. Magazine; ivillage among others. Her writing was included in The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of Our Time.

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  • Jo Programming | January 10, 2014 11:58 AMReply

    Hi, the London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada) would like to preview the film, Concussion. If you are not the distributor, could you please help us to get in contact with the filmmaker/distributor? Any help would be appreciated. Our festival is in London, Canada in April 2014. Please visit for our submission link and guidelines under SUBMIT FILMS (big pink box) on the home page. The form is free, simple and very short. This helps us to keep track of your film - and this is especially helpful at short list time! Thanks!

    Programming Committee
    London Lesbian Film Festival

  • Akiva | July 7, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    Nora Ephron inspires me still. I look to "When Harry Met Sally" as the greatest of romantic comedies, told in a classic New York voice. I can't understand why a movie like hers did not win her the best screenplay Oscar. I don't want to bash Diablo Cody--June was nowhere near the brilliance of WHMS. And that goes for many other screenplays. Awards aside, I will carry Ephron's style and wit inside of me and seek her legacy of good films when writing my own.

  • classycareergirl | June 27, 2012 5:35 AMReply

    Hello Melissa, just found your site on Forbes top 100 websites for woman, congrats! :)

  • Roberta Kenney | February 15, 2012 3:37 PMReply

    Fox's writers intensive published Women and Hollywood as an organization that can sponsor an applicant to their program, but I don't see anything membershipy around here, just your great blog. Where do I sign up?

  • Malcolm eshan | September 15, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    Maas is a Medis Organization, and like to make flm on women rights in Pakistan, please tell us your idea

  • Daniel Park | June 6, 2011 12:32 PMReply

    Dear Melissa Silverstein,
    I came across your blog on indieWire, and I really admire your work! Your advocacy and support of women in film is very inspiring. Your exploration of both the independent community and the glitzy studios and how women factor into that community is truly amazing!

    Based on your work and your audience, I wanted to alert you about our upcoming feature documentary, My Nose: The Bigger Version. In this film, we follow Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum as she courageously takes us into her personal life. This intimate and sometimes humorous movie shows the transformation of her relationship with her mother from Mommie Dearest to Dear Mom.

    Her award-winning short film, My Nose, about Gayle’s mother’s quest to get her to have a nose job not only introduced her to her critical mother but also launched her into being a motivational speaker. Gayle developed “The Seven Healing Tools”, teaching people how to deal with critical parents and people in their lives. She lectures and and writes on this topic (

    As we approach post-production, the support from you and your readers could not have come at a more crucial time. Through Kickstarter ( we have set a goal and offer rewards ranging from an exclusive meet and greet with Gayle, personally signed copies of the DVD to producing credits and more--all for fans who contribute!

    You can learn more about the film, view trailers and meet Gayle’s mom at the website, and follow us on Twitter, MyNoseBV!

    How can we come together to promote the campaign and encourage your readers to become involved? Our sincerest gratitude for any help you can provide! Please feel free to contact me directly. I am a lead organizer of the campaign.

    Thank you,
    Daniel Park

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