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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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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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TIFF Rerun: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa - Director and Star of Hannah Arendt

Originally published on October 29. Hannah Arendt opens in New York today and in Los Angeles on June 7th. Last, but not the bit least is a conversation with master director Margarethe von Trotta along with actress Barbara Sukowa who bring us the story of Hannah Arendt one of the first highly visible female intellectuals of the 20th century. Arendt, a Jew, escaped from Europe in 1941 after being imprisioned in France. The film focuses on her being drawn to the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel and the controversy she stirred up when she wrote about the trail for The New Yorker especially for her radical notion on the banality of evil.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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TIFF: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa - Director and Star of Hannah Arendt

Last, but not the bit least is a conversation with master director Margarethe von Trotta along with actress Barbara Sukowa who bring us the story of Hannah Arendt one of the first highly visible female intellectuals of the 20th century.  Arendt, a Jew, escaped from Europe in 1941 after being imprisioned in France.  
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 29, 2012 2:10 PM
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The Toronto Experience - Part One

Greetings from the Toronto Film Festival. I touched down on Thursday afternoon and since that moment this has been a serious whirlwind. Since it is my second year I understand is the key is pace and endurance. You have to sprint through the first weekend when everyone in the industry is in town for the big premieres and there are many parties and events to attend. I have gone non-stop for over three days and haven't had a moment to write anything.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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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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