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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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Guest Post: How to Carry the Collaborative Spirit into the Realm of Distribution

Take the 2014 Summer Indie Movie Challenge!
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • May 30, 2014 5:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Toni Collette Searches for a Lost Love in Lucky Them

Collette plays a veteran rock journalist who has one last chance to save her job.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
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IFC Films Picks Up Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them

IFC Films has acquired the rights to Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2013 1:00 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 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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Trailer Watch: Eden - Directed by Megan Griffiths

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 6, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: Breaking Into the Film Business

So, recently I've been gaining a little modest traction in this oh-so-fickle business. And as I try to figure out what the next phase of my career will hold, I've been finding myself reflecting on the long and strange path that has led me here.
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • December 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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Interview with Megan Griffiths - Director of SXSW Audience Winner Eden

I was a little late to finding out about Eden but I am glad I did. It's a really good and interesting film on a difficult topic -- sex trafficking. We all think the sex trafficking occurs over there in countries far, far away. But it happens here ALL THE TIME. This film is based on a true story of a woman who was kidnapped by a cute guy she met in a bar. A normal night out with your friend ends up being the worst decision. The thing about trafficking is that it happens in plain site and many people in the culture perpetuate it - even guys with daughters. (That's the part that makes me so crazy. How can these dudes buy sex from women they know are held prisoner and not think about their own children.) The disconnect is amazing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 14, 2012 12:15 PM
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