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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Tribeca Film Acquired Marion Vernoux's Bright Days Ahead

Tribeca Film has acquired the rights for Marion Vernoux's Bright Days Ahead which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week. As far as we can tell, this is the first female directed film to get a deal out of the festival.
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  • September 16, 2013 2:10 PM
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TIFF 13 Departure Thoughts

As I get ready to make my departure from Toronto after a whirlwind week there are a couple of things to mention as the festival winds down. I was told that there are 10% less women directors this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Marion Vernoux

Marion Vernoux was born in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. She wrote the screenplay for Bernard Schmitt's Pacific Palisades (90). Her directorial credits include Personne ne m'aime (94), Rien a faire (99), both of which screened at the Festival, Reines d'un jour(01), A boire (04), and Bright Days Ahead (13).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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TIFF 13- Dispatch 1: Mid-Life Women in Crisis

This is my third Toronto Film Festival and I am starting to understand how to manage it. It is an endurance test. You need to go whole hog one day and then back off a little the next in order to make it a whole week. Also it takes a while to put into words what you are seeing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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