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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Watch the Sundance Spotlight on Women Directors Panel

Indiewire's Thompson on Hollywood founder Anne Thompson moderated a women's director panel focused on women the seemingly ideal but still sexism-plagued documentary genre.
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  • January 29, 2014 12:30 PM
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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.
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  • January 13, 2014 4:30 PM
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Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Barbara Kopple Win at Cinema Eye Awards

Polley won the Best Director prize for "Stories We Tell," while Walker took the inaugural Best TV Documentary award for "The Crash Reel."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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Best Women Directed Documentaries of 2013

This year saw the release of many wonderful docs, but five stood out to us as deserving of extra praise.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 3:33 PM
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The Crash Reel Director Lucy Walker on Snowboarding and Simone de Beauvoir

An in-depth interview with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker, whose latest documentary, 'The Crash Reel,' opens on December 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2013 1:49 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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Women and Hollywood December 2013 Film Preview

Here are the women-centric, women-directed and women-written films that you should keep on your radar for December.
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  • December 2, 2013 12:37 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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Jane Campion and Naomi Foner Included in Sundance Premieres Lineup

Sundance announced the films in their Premieres and Documentary Premieres categories. With films directed by Jane Campion and Naomi Foner amongst many women-centric films and a documentary about Anita Hill, this announcement continues the awesome news that half of the previously announced Sundance lineup were films directed by women. It looks to be a great festival.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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