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

Sundance Women Directors: Meet Kate Barker-Froyland

"Much of the film takes place in Brooklyn, where I live, and we shot in many neighborhood places that I go to regularly. I wanted to record all the music live and to capture the music of the neighborhood and the city, while also capturing how music is this connective thread between people. "
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  • January 29, 2014 10:00 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Rose McGowan

"I'm fascinated by girl culture in this time period [the 1960s]. I wanted to explore what happens when societal expectations brainwash someone into ignoring their intuition. "
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  • January 21, 2014 2:00 PM
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Sundance Women Producers: Meet Mynette Louie

"Keeping up with the changing distribution landscape is exhausting! It feels like between the time a film of mine gets greenlit to the time it premieres, distribution has morphed and the players have changed.
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  • January 19, 2014 3:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Martha Stephens

"Make the movies you want to make, not the movies you're expected to make just because you're female."
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  • January 19, 2014 12:30 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

"I went on this journey as a person who depends greatly on the Internet and technology as a big part of my life. Technology defiantly changed the way we communicate, but where is the line and are we crossing it? Is it a disease? Why does China choose to approach these issues with such severity?"
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  • January 19, 2014 10:30 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Jennifer M. Kroot

"I was always a fan of 'Star Trek: The Original Series.' I was very intrigued and impressed with George when he came out in 2005 at age 68. He instantly became an LGBT spokesperson known for his quick wit and eloquence."
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  • January 18, 2014 10:28 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Chelsea McMullan

"The word 'whimsical' doesn't make sense to me. It's a word that's generally thrown around too often and incorrectly. As it relates to my work, it's an oversimplification. Since we are on the topic of gender, how often does anyone hear 'whimsical' being tied to films directed by men?"
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  • January 17, 2014 2:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Gillian Robespierre

"We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women's experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren't sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves."
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  • January 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Valerie Veatch

"I was in Rome when the BBC ran a story about a young couple in Korea who were on trial and suffering from 'Internet Addiction.' At the time it struck me as a very poignant moment where the virtual world was impacting the real world. This project is an opportunity to have a dialogue around the social impact of emerging internet technologies."
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  • January 17, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Crash Reel Director Lucy Walker on Snowboarding and Simone de Beauvoir

An in-depth interview with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker, whose latest documentary, 'The Crash Reel,' opens on December 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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