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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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Women and Hollywood

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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Fill The Void- Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

I saw Fill the Void back in September at the Toronto Film Festival. It's been making its way around the country on the film festival circuit before opening in limited release this weekend.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 24, 2013 10:30 AM
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11 out of 71 Academy Foreign Language Film Submissions Are Directed by Women

For the 85th Academy Awards, a record-breaking 71 countries have submitted films to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. However, according to our research, only 11 of those 71 films are directed by women. Last year, women directed 10 out of the 63 films submitted. Granted, we don’t know yet which films will end up in the category, but Cate Shortland’s Lore, Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void and Ursula Meier’s Sister are all garnering some buzz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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Fill the Void Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

The team at Sony PIctures Classics has been very busy since Toronto and they added another women directed film Fill the Void written and directed by Rama Burshtein to their list of acquisitions. The film will be Israel's submission to the Academy Award for best foreign film having won seven awards including best director, best picture and best screenplay at Israel's Ophirs (their version of the Academy Awards.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 3, 2012 1:15 PM
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Women Directors Abound at the Venice Film Festival

The news on the prevalence of women directors coming out out of the Venice Film Festival is in stark contrast to the different conversation that came out of Cannes just several months ago. Festival director Alberto Barbera claims that they just programed the movies and then afterwards realized that about 30% of the movies they picked were directed by women. Here's what he said:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 5, 2012 9:14 AM
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New York Film Festival Includes Seven Women Directed Films in Its Lineup

With one fell swoop the team of men and women who program the New York Film Festival stuck a pin in the eye of the dudes at Cannes by programming seven, yes seven films directed by women at the upcoming New York Film Festival. That's almost 22%. The total amount of films being screened in 32, and one of the women directors is a male-female collaboration.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 17, 2012 11:15 AM
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