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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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America Ferrara to Host Latino Documentary Series 'Panoramica'

The 'Ugly Betty' actress will provide context for "compelling stories that explore issues of particular interest to the Hispanic community."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Acrobats Fly and Crash in 'Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity'

"You have to get beyond the barrier of self-protection before you can really fly."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 15, 2014 10:17 AM
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Trailer Watch: I Am Eleven is a Charming Look at Being Between Childhood and Adolescence

Director Genevieve Bailey profiles 11-year-olds all over the world.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 11, 2014 12:57 PM
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Sight and Sound Publishes Top 50 Documentaries List

Eight women-directed films made the cut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 4, 2014 11:26 AM
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Sundance Award-Winning Rich Hill Director Tracy Droz Tragos on the Injustice of Rural Poverty and How Motherhood Can Open Doors to Documentarians

"Rich Hill"
"We saw how many families were living on so very little and truly struggling, [and] we wanted to give them a voice.”
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • August 1, 2014 11:05 AM
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Half of Sarajevo Film Fest Doc Contenders Directed by Women

The films deal with a variety of issues, including the status of refugees ("Evaporating Borders"), corruption in Communist regimes ("Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service"), and the brave women of Tahrir Square ("Private Revolutions - Young, Female, Egyptian").
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 23, 2014 10:15 AM
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Chicken and Egg Launches New Fund for Women Documentarians from India

Grant recipients will receive $10,000 in cash and/or in-kind services.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 22, 2014 3:30 PM
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Stringent New Rules to Push Smaller Documentaries Out of Oscar Race

It is now harder for a film to win Best Documentary than Best Picture.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 8, 2014 3:18 PM
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Trailer Watch: It's Not Easy (But It Sure Looks Like Fun) "To Be Takei"

Small-screen legend George Takei leaps to the big screen in a new documentary.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 2, 2014 10:09 AM
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HBO to Air Docs on Monday Night Year-Round

That's great news for nonfiction filmmakers, of whom 25-40% are women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 1, 2014 2:53 PM
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