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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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Women and Hollywood

Trailer Watch: Musical Chairs - Directed by Susan Seidelman

Film Opens March 23.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 15, 2012 9:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World - Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 10, 2012 9:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Hemingway and Gellhorn

I seriously have not been this excited about a Nicole Kidman movie in a long time. Based on the voice over it should be named Gellhorn and Hemingway but as is typical with women in history, she seems to have disappeared from our consciousness and he is, well...Hemingway.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 7, 2012 9:26 AM
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Trailer Watch: New Trailer for the Hunger Games

Counting down towards March 23.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 6, 2012 12:08 PM
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New Trailer for Wish Me Away: Directed by Beverly Kopf & Bobbie Birleffi

This will open in theatres in the summer but New Yorkers can catch it at the Athena Film Festival on February 11. Details here.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 2, 2012 10:42 AM
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Trailer Watch: Game Change

This movie looks so much better than the book and I really loved the book.  Julianne Moore is totally rocking as Sarah Palin.  Love it!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2012 10:10 AM
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Sundance 2012: Interview with Amy Ziering - Producer of Invisible War

Amy Ziering is the producer of 'The Invisible War' directed by Kirby Dick and winner of the Sundance 2012 Documentary Audience Award.
  • By Therese Shechter
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  • January 31, 2012 11:24 AM
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Athena Film Festival Trailer Contest Winner

This year we held a trailer contest and the winner is Tony Szulc.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 27, 2012 12:22 PM
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Interview with Valérie Donzelli - Director of Declaration of War

Valérie Donzelli has made a heartbreaking film about the fight a couple goes through to save their son from a brain tumor.  They declare war on the cancer and with the support of their family their become singlemindely focused on saving him.  This story parallels the actual true life story of director, star and co-writer Donzelli.  She and her former partner Jérémie Elkaïm (who co-stars in the film and wrote the script with her) went through a lot of what Romeo and Juliette (yes, that's their names in the movie) go through in order to save their son. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 27, 2012 11:15 AM
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Sundance 2012: Advice for Filmmakers

Chicken and Egg Pictures always has a great party at Sundance: delicious home-cooked food paired with a celebration of women filmmakers and the folks who support and nurture them.
  • By Therese Shechter
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  • January 26, 2012 12:25 PM
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