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 Valérie Donzelli - Director of Declaration of War

Valérie Donzelli has made a heartbreaking film about the fight a couple goes through to save their son from a brain tumor.  They declare war on the cancer and with the support of their family their become singlemindely focused on saving him.  This story parallels the actual true life story of director, star and co-writer Donzelli.  She and her former partner Jérémie Elkaïm (who co-stars in the film and wrote the script with her) went through a lot of what Romeo and Juliette (yes, that's their names in the movie) go through in order to save their son. 
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  • January 27, 2012 11:15 AM
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Maiwenn's Poliss Scores 13 Cesar Nominations Including Best Director and Best Picture

The Maiwenn directed film Poliss scored the most Cesar nominations -- 13 --  including best picture, best screenplay and best director. 
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  • January 27, 2012 9:25 AM
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Maiwenn Included on Best Director List for France's Lumiere Awards

When I was in Paris in October you could not escape the posters for Maiwenn's Polisse which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film was made for about $7 million and it has already grossed almost $20 million in France where it actually beat The Adventures of Tin Tin for two weeks. It is now rolling out through other territories and will be released in the US by Sundance Selects.
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  • January 4, 2012 10:45 AM
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Trailer Watch: Declaration of War directed by Valerie Donzelli

This film is France's entry to the Academy Awards and it is based on Valerie Donzelli's real life experience. She also co-stars in the film. Will open in the US in late January.
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  • November 28, 2011 10:52 AM
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