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

Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Barbara Kopple Win at Cinema Eye Awards

Polley won the Best Director prize for "Stories We Tell," while Walker took the inaugural Best TV Documentary award for "The Crash Reel."
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  • January 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Cecilia Peck

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Dana Ben Ari whose latest film, 'Breastmilk,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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Cinema Eye Announces List of 25 Most Influential Documentaries

Cinema Eye announced their list of the 25 Most Influential Documentaries which put together by current filmmakers who are eligible for the 2014 Cinema Eye Honor, one of the top awards for documentary film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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HIFF Women Directors: Meet Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director of documentaries, as well as narrative TV and film, her most recent project is the documentary Running From Crazy, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival..
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 9, 2013 2:01 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: Women Directors

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival announcement is fantastic for both films directed by women and written by. The festival, in its 12th year, will be hosted in locations around New York City from April 17-28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2013 10:30 AM
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Jane Campion and Naomi Foner Included in Sundance Premieres Lineup

Sundance announced the films in their Premieres and Documentary Premieres categories. With films directed by Jane Campion and Naomi Foner amongst many women-centric films and a documentary about Anita Hill, this announcement continues the awesome news that half of the previously announced Sundance lineup were films directed by women. It looks to be a great festival.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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