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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 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.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 18, 2013 1:35 PM
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Elles directed by Malgoska Szumowska

Here are my impressions of the film from the Toronto Film Festival.  The film opens in NY and LA today with a nationwide release it follow.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 27, 2012 10:30 AM
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2012 Berlinale Rolls Out the Panorama Section With Five Films Directed by Women

The program for the 2012 Berlinale is rolling out. 20 international films have been announced for inclusion in the Panorama section. Five are directed by women. Keeping count that is just 20%.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2012 11:39 AM
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