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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Interview with So Yong Kim - Writer/Director of For Ellen

So Yong Kim's For Ellen stars Paul Dano in a beautiful performance as a young father forced to make a life altering decision about his relationship with his daughter Ellen. Dano plays Joby a musician who never quite made it. But he's been on the road for years, he's getting divorced and he has no relationship with his daughter. He knows he wants one but he also doesn't know if he is capable of it. This is a film about a guy who has to grow up and remember that not everything is about him. It is a small, really well done character study.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 5, 2012 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: For Ellen - Directed and Written by So Yong-Kim

In theaters September 19th.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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The Sundance 2012 Competition Lineup: The Women

Sundance unveiled the competition lineups.  Here is the first look at the US Dramatic and Documentary competition.  There are 16 films in each category.  In the dramatic category,  3 are directed by women.  2 are written by women and 3 are about women.  That's under 20% female directed.  The documentary category is another story.  Fully 50% of the films are directed (or co-directed) by women.  8 out of 16.  That's very exciting.  And what I immediately noticed is the the women directed docs look at the large over arching issues of our time with several on the economy and healthcare.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 1, 2011 9:56 AM
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