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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 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 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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Chicken & Egg Awards 23 Follow-Up Grants; Places Open Call for New Projects

In honor of its upcoming tenth anniversary, the film fund will prioritize projects that feature women and girls as protagonists and narrators.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 1:00 PM
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Women Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

"Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 23, 2014 12:33 PM
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Human Rights Watch FF Women Directors: Meet Zeina Daccache (Scheherazade's Diary)

"My films are done with the minimum shooting material required (we only use daylight, the sound boom is held by the prison inmates, etc.)"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2014 2:15 PM
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Human Rights Watch Women Directors: Meet Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly (The Homestretch)

"We came to the issue of youth homelessness through a theater program that Kirsten runs each fall with Chicago Public School students. She was shocked to learn that two of the bright, motivated kids she was working with were homeless. It was one of those moments in life when everything just stopped: How could this be? "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2014 1:15 PM
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