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

Women Directed Film Winners in Berlin

This weekend, the 2013 Berlinale drew to a close and the major awards went to male directed films about strong women. The talk throughout the week was about the Romanian film Child's Play and the Chilean film Gloria. Child's Play won the Golden Bear and Paulina Garcia won the best actress for Gloria.
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  • February 18, 2013 1:35 PM
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On the Ground in Berlin

I arrived in Berlin two days ago from NY after the huge success of The Athena Film Festival.  Did you hear we had a blizzard and people still came.  I missed the opening weekend craziness and after the insanity at the beginning of Sundance, I was really glad not to have to deal with it.  To be honest, this festival has a completely different feel than Toronto and Sundance.  It's just more mellow.  Granted, as I mentioned, I did miss the first weekend when all the industry folks are here so I can't compare apples and apples, but this is way more low key.  I am not innundated with press releases and with events, and I really am ok with that.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 14, 2013 5:40 AM
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Sundance Review - Salma: Tamil Poet's Struggle Against Patriarchy

  • By Fariha Roisin
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  • January 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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