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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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Women and Hollywood

Lauren Greenfield and Alison Klayman Receive DGA Nominations for Best Documentary

Earlier this week, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for best documentary. They’ve previously announced the nominees for film and television. Two women were nominated out of the five nominees which also includes Kirby Dick’s Academy Award nominated film The Invisible War.
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  • January 16, 2013 11:30 AM
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Women Nominees at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association announced their nominees for their 2012 IDA Documentary Awards. It’s really exciting to note that 4 of the 5 shorts are directed by women as well as 2 of the 5 features (and one of the other features nominated is The Invisible War).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2012 9:45 AM
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Interview with Lauren Greenfield, Director of Queen of Versailles

In some ways this movie's subtitle is revenge of the 99%. The film gives you a behind the scenes look of an absurdly wealthy couple -- David and Jackie Siegel-- who are building the largest house in America. 10 kitchens, including a sushi kitchen and a baseball field. Things most people could never dream of. Director Lauren Greenfield brings us into their world of private jets and stretch limos and one of the most surprising things of this allegory of the financial crisis is how much you like Jackie. She's totally engaging, and even though she's rich beyond any of our comprehension, she still feels real. Granted she has nannies, maids and drivers taking care of her and her family but you never get a sense that she feels she is better than anyone else. That's one reason why the film works so well.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 20, 2012 12:51 PM
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Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 10:00 AM
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Lauren Greenfield and Ava Duvernay Win Top Directing Honors at Sundance

Another Sundance is in the books and women and their films took many of the top honors in this past weekend's awards ceremony.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 30, 2012 9:19 AM
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