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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 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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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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Academy Names 176 New Members

In an attempt to diversify its membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 176 people to become members. There are just under 6,000 members of the full Academy. Keep in mind that a person is only allowed to be a member of one branch. So for example, Barbra Streisand. She might have been invited for her acting, so if she did not change her branch when she became a director, she does not vote for the best director nominee.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2012 11:00 AM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Two African American Female Directors Book New Films

I was excited to report that one African American female director got a new gig, but two puts me close to over the moon.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 28, 2012 10:24 AM
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Interview with Dee Rees - Writer and Director of Pariah

Pariah opens in limited release tomorrow. I was able to catch it and the Toronto Film Festival. Here is my conversation with writer/director Dee Rees.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 27, 2011 11:22 AM
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