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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

'May in the Summer' Writer-Director Cherien Dabis on Hiring Herself to Star in Her Film

"Authenticity was very important to me, and I was having a really difficult time finding someone who really embodied the spirit of the character, and also brought that cultural, linguistic authenticity."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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August 2014 Film Preview

New films with Robin Wright, Patricia Clarkson, Paula Garces, Christina Ricci, and more.
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • August 1, 2014 1:42 PM
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Trailer Watch: Director Cherien Dabis Makes Her Screen Debut in May in the Summer

The "Amreeka" director plays a NYC writer trying to convince her Christian mother to come to her interfaith wedding.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 16, 2014 11:45 AM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis is an award-winning Palestinian American filmmaker who received her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Anticipating Sundance: Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

The happy glow has still not worn off the news that women directors have achieved gender parity in the US dramatic and documentary competitions. (But we must also remember that women are still not there in any of the other categories.) Women directors became the story. Here are some of the headlines: From USA Today: Women directors rule over Sundance Film Festival 2013. From the LA Times: Sundance Film Festival: Female directors take dramatic step forward.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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