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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

Women Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

"Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."
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  • June 23, 2014 12:33 PM
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LAFF Women Directors: Debra Granik on Stray Dog, Her Follow-Up to Winter's Bone

"The biggest obstacles with filming outside your own social class, race or gender will be just that -- crossing into those chasms of difference. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 13, 2014 12:30 PM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 15 Female Directors Who Made Their First Feature After Turning 40

Two weeks ago, this column profiled ten female directors aged 40 or younger . My reasons for imposing an age limit were clearly stated, but it had the unfortunate side effect of excluding an entire demographic from the conversation - one that has a sorry history of receiving such treatment in Hollywood.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • August 12, 2013 11:15 AM
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If She Can See It, She Can Be It - Panel Discussion in NYC on April 11

The NY International Children's Film Festival
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women Director Watch: Debra Granik and Nicole Holofcener

Some news on two of the top tier female directors-
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: Looking at Gender and the Oscars

Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and Stephanie Gall of USC have taken a look at gender onscreen and behind the scenes in the best picture nominees over the last 30 years.  There are two sets of findings - films made from 2007-2010 (so that would be the Oscars from 2008-2011, and films from 1977-2010.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 23, 2012 10:02 AM
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Women Directed Movies in 2011

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter roundtable on directors made me crazy, but it also made me think.  While I will give them no leeway on the ridiculous comment asking the directors to name a major movie directed by a woman this past year, I thought it would be good to look at ALL the movies directed by women this year in order to get a decent assessment of where we are going on two years after Kathryn Bigelow won the best director award.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 10:49 AM
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