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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 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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Lauren Greenfield and Alison Klayman Receive DGA Nominations for Best Documentary

Earlier this week, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for best documentary. They’ve previously announced the nominees for film and television. Two women were nominated out of the five nominees which also includes Kirby Dick’s Academy Award nominated film The Invisible War.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 16, 2013 11:30 AM
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3 of 15 Documentaries on Oscar Shortlist Directed by Women

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences released the 15 films on the short list in the Documentary feature category for this year’s Oscars. Only three films on the shortlist are directed by women. That's just 20%.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 4, 2012 1:00 PM
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Guest Post: Cinema Eye Honors 2013 Nominations

In her latest research, Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation on Festival Films (2011-2012), Martha Lauzen found that in selected film festivals 39% of documentary directors were women, compared with 28% in her similar survey from 2008-2009. This finding confirmed anecdotal evidence that women direct more documentaries than narratives, where in the same period the percentage of women directors rose from 15% to 18%.
  • By Marian Evans
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  • November 4, 2012 11:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Directed by Alison Klayman

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry opened the Human Right Watch Film Festival in NY and will be in theatres on July 27th.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 26, 2012 9:17 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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