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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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Interview with Liz Garbus - Director of Love, Marilyn

Liz Garbus takes a well worn subject -- Marilyn Monroe -- and brings a whole new substance and understanding to this woman through her own words.  Using material that has never before been seen or heard, Garbus provides a glimpse into this complicated and very misunderstood woman using well known actors like Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn (who knew Marilyn) and Lindsay Lohan (what must have Lindsay been thinking reading the words of a woman who died so untimely) among many others.  A truly interesting and engaging film.  The film opens to today for a one week qualifying run and will air on HBO in 2013.
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  • November 30, 2012 2:03 PM
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2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival Focuses on Women Directors

The Houston Cinema Arts Society recently announced their lineup for the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. This year in honor of the 40th anniversary of Women Make Movies, the festival is emphasizing women directors. Both the opening and closing films of the festival are directed by women. Opening up the festival is Liz Garbus’s documentary on Marilyn Monroe, Love, Marilyn. And closing out the festival is Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary on Diana Vreeland, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
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  • October 31, 2012 3:13 PM
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Hamptons Film Festival: Catching Up With the Very Busy Producer Amy Hobby

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 8, 2012 10:46 AM
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More Women-Directed Films Nab Deals Out of TIFF

While the whirlwind of the Toronto International Film Festival is now behind us, the deals from TIFF are continuing. Over the weekend, many women-created, women-focused films were picked up by major distributors.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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Link Roundup: TIFF Edition

Here are some stories out of TIFF that we didn't get the chance to report on or things we liked from there. We are going to have a lot more content from Toronto over the the next couple weeks including interviews and movie reviews. Make sure to check it out!
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 14, 2012 10:57 AM
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TIFF Preview: The Female Directing Masters Playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto Film Festival opens tonight.  Over the next 10 days there will be a couple of hundred movies to be seen.  This is one festival where you can make a decision to see films by women and see plenty of films.  There are some extraordinarily high profile female directors opening films at the festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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First Toronto 2012 Lineup News - Women Directors

Unlike the folks at Cannes, Toronto seems to understand that there are many great women directors, making films that can play at the highest level and this year is no different.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2012 1:15 PM
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Interview with Liz Garbus, Director of Bobby Fischer Against the World

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentarian. Her latest film, Bobby Fischer Against the World which premiered at Sundance is a fascinating look at chess champion Bobby Fischer and all his demons, will premiere on HBO this Monday evening kicking off the summer documentary series.
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  • June 3, 2011 3:15 AM
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HBO To Screen Many Docs by Women This Summer

HBO announced their summer documentary lineup and there are many great looking women directed films -- two from Liz Garbus -- and others including one about Gloria Steinem directed by men. The 11 week series begins June 6.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 21, 2011 4:10 AM
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