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

Trailer Watch: Breastmilk Doc Explores the Many Different Ways to Be a Parent and Nourish

Producer Ricki Lake ("The Business of Being Born") and director Dana Ben-Ari chronicle the rewards and anxieties of breastfeeding.
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  • April 24, 2014 9:13 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Eva von Schweinitz (A Film Is a Film Is a Film)

"What does it mean that we're constantly moving away from the analog into the digital? My intention is to show why the loss of this beautiful material is worth caring about."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 23, 2014 10:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jessica Yu (Misconception)

"We literally had people asking us to make this film. But then during the research phase, I became fascinated by the disconnect between what I thought I knew and what is actually happening."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Kate Davis (Newburgh Sting)

"It was very hard to get people from all sides to talk on camera. The prosecutor, several defense attorneys, even family members of the convicted men were afraid to speak out against the FBI, fearing for either their jobs or personal security. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Sabine Lubbe Bakker (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

"Since the friendship between the two protagonists is ruthless, and therefore beautifully honest, I too had to accept we can't always 'fix' things."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 4:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Melissa Johnson (Love in the Time of March Madness)

"I made 'Love in the Time of March Madness' because it's in my bones, literally. It's a dark comedy about my dating life as a woman who hit 6'4" in 8th grade at 127 pounds with size 12 feet -- and lived to tell about it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 3:30 PM
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Guest Post: Getting to the Finish Line

"Vanishing Pearls" director Nailah Jefferson on finding a sisterhood on her journey to save the Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache.
  • By Nailah Jefferson
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  • April 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Johanna Hamilton (1971)

"It's a completely improbable story -- they were complete outsiders who trained themselves to be amateur burglars in order to break into an FBI office.... Not only did they manage to pull off a serious heist, but they manage to evade capture despite one of the largest FBI investigations of all time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Alexandra Liveris (Nocturnity)

"This is a personal documentary about a rare disorder that I have dealt with from the age of seventeen. I have always wanted to understand if its onset is psychologically or biologically driven. This film and the experiment conducted within the film helped me get one step closer to answering that question."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 11:30 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Olivia Klaus (Life After Manson)

"The Manson Family story has been told numerous times over the last four decades, to an exhausting degree. [It] became clear that we had to focus solely on Patricia Krenwinkel, allowing the project be told in her voice... where she went wrong, who she was, and who she has become."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 11:00 AM
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