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

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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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Grausman (Art and Craft)

"I couldn't stop thinking about it: what kind of art forger donates his work to museums instead of selling it?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 16, 2014 12:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Linda G. Mills (Of Many)

"As a Jewish woman who witnessed 9/11 at very close range, I felt particularly moved by the Muslim chaplain and all the students that have been engaged in this work -- our two cultures have so much in common, and yet how little we know about each other."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Food Industry Scrutinized in Fed Up

Director Stephanie Soechtig and producer Katie Couric argue sugar is the new tobacco.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 11, 2014 1:00 PM
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Malala Movie Finds Second Financier

Socially conscious Participant Media has boarded the project.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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April 2014 Film Preview

A list of all the April films written, directed by, and/or starring women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 1, 2014 10:00 AM
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Review of Freida Mock's Anita: The Story of a Hero

Director Freida Mock does justice to a woman who stood up for the truth.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 20, 2014 11:50 AM
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AFFRM Acquires Nailah Jefferson's Vanishing Pearls

The film profiles the devastation wrought by the BP oil spill on the tiny fishing community of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 3:00 PM
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