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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Mosquita y Mari - Written and Directed by Aurora Guerrero

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 9:30 AM
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Interview with Aurora Guerrero--Writer/Director of Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari writer and director Aurora Guerrero answered some questions (by email) fresh from the film recently winning Best Actress (Fenessa Pineda) and the Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film at Outfest in Los Angeles.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2012 12:53 PM
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Sundance 2012: Interview With Aurora Gurerrero Director of Mosquita Y Mari

Aurora Guerrero debuted her feature film 'Mosquita Y Mari' at Sundance 2012 and I had a chance to talk to her near the end of a hectic but exciting festival. She shared the secret of her $80,000 Kickstarter campaign success, and the importance of telling stories from the queer, Chicana and immigrant communities she belongs to.
  • By Therese Shechter
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  • January 30, 2012 12:15 PM
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Cross-Post: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.
  • By Kathleen Sweeney
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  • January 20, 2012 9:48 AM
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