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

AFI Announces Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda's Films

Iconic "Mother of the French New Wave" director Agnes Varda is the Guest Artistic Director for this year's upcoming 2013 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.
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  • September 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Academy Sends Out 276 Invites

Last week, the Academy sent out 276 new invitations to join its ranks, the highest amount in recent years. (178 were invited in 2011; 135 in 2010; 134 in 2009; and 105 in 2008.) What you will notice from the list of invitations is the focus on diversity which is something the Academy clearly had to deal with since its membership was very old and very white and very male.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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Gender Matters: The Sight and Sound Top 50 Films Of All Time List

Yesterday, the twittersphere went a bit wiggy with the once a decade Sight and Sound Top 50 Films of All Time List.  Thie list has been published every 10 years year since 1962 and Citizen Kane made number 1 five time. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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