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 the Oscars 2014

At Women and Hollywood we want people to use this week to interrupt the conversations about the Oscars and remind people that no women were nominated for best director this year and that we need to see more women directed films.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2014 10:59 AM
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Shonda Rhimes "Honored" and "Pissed Off" at DGA Awards

Rhimes "felt honored" receiving the Diversity Award, but "I was also a little pissed off." "There shouldn't need to be an award. Its very shocking to us that there is much of this lack of diversity in Hollywood in 2014."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 12:30 PM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Jehane Noujaim are DGA Doc Nominees

Jehane Noujaim's "The Square," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel" are three among the five nonfiction films to receive a Best Documentary nod from the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 4:30 PM
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Five Women Directors Make the Documentary Oscar Shortlist

Once again, the Oscar documentary shortlist for the 2014 ceremony, announced yesterday, is an idiosyncratic mix of crowd favorites and obscure titles.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Square Directed by Jehane Noujaim Partners with Netflix and Participant Media

In another indication of just how much things are changing in the business, award winning documentarian Jehane Noujaim whose film The Square is now in an Oscar qualifying run has decided to forgo standard distribution and has partnered with both Netflix and Participant Media to release her film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 5, 2013 11:57 AM
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IDA Documentary Awards Announces 2013 Nominations

IDA has announced their 2013 Documentary Awards nominations. Among them are some of the best female directed documentaries of the year including Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell and Jehane Noujaim's The Square.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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Women Win Top Doc Awards at TIFF

Women directors took home the top audience awards in the documentary area at TIFF this year. Jehane Noujaim's The Square took home the top audience prize.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 16, 2013 11:32 AM
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The Women Directed Films at 2013 New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival announced their 2013 main lineup. New films from Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland are in the line up.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 19, 2013 3:00 PM
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