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 Sofia Norlin (Broken Hill Blues)

"I wanted to do a film about youth in a time when society is shaking, economically and ecologically. In Kiruna, that's literally the situation! I have kids myself, and I often wonder about how new generations will have to deal with what we leave behind."
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  • April 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Talya Levie (Zero Motivation)

"An administration office could be the most boring place on earth, but a staple-gun in the first act is sure to go off in the third."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 15, 2014 11:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Anete Melece (The Kiosk)

"Inspiration came from my own [dissatisfaction] while working in an office. So I created a character: a kiosk lady who is literally stuck at her workplace simply because her sweet tooth and monotonous life have made her bigger than the exit."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 14, 2014 12:36 PM
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Tribeca Women DIrectors: Meet Elizabeth Swados (My Depression)

"By keeping it extremely personal, but using line drawings and goofy cartoons, I could get away from the usual cliches that are associated when people talk about their experiences with mental illness."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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Julianne Nicholson on August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, and Aging in Hollywood

"Sticking in this industry, which is not always very kind to women, makes me feel good. I feel like things are definitely better for me now at 42 than they were at 22. "
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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Director Liza Johnson on Exploring Kristen Wiig's Dramatic Side in Hateship Loveship

In her Alice Munro adaptation, Johnson creates another film about a female protagonist who is "teetering on the sidelines of a society she will risk everything to join."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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MMA Fighter and Action Star Gina Carano on In the Blood and What Makes a Good Heroine

"Women can be fighters especially when it comes to a loved one."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 3, 2014 10:15 AM
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AFI's Directing Workshop for Women Turns Forty; Kimberly Peirce to Deliver Keynote

An interview with AFI's Director Workshop for Women head Patty West on the program's 40th anniversary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 AM
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Krysten Ritter on the Life She Could've Led in Her New Film "Refuge"

Ritter also discusses her favorite female performances of all time and her evolution from a small-town girl to a Hollywood actress, writer, and producer of films about empowered, unconventional women.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • March 27, 2014 2:13 PM
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ND/NF Women Directors: Meet Jessica Oreck

"I knew I wanted to keep making films about ethnobiology."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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