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

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.
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  • April 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Paramount to Distribute Ava DuVernay's Selma

"Selma" is one of several MLK films currently in the works, but Deadline reports that Winfrey's participation is putting the production on the fast track.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 3:36 PM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Ava DuVernay to be Honored by Adrienne Shelly Foundation

Ava DuVernay will receive the Adrienne Shelly Foundation's Third Annual Woman of Vision Salute.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Ava DuVernay on Directing Tonight's Scandal Episode

Middle of Nowhere director and Women and Hollywood hero Ava DuVernay helmed tonight's episode of ABC's Scandal. DuVernay spoke to us about her own Scandal fandom, Shonda Rhimes' bad-assery, and why we're all addicted to Washington's fiercest gladiators.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Indie Director Ava DuVernay on Dressing for Success

Clothes make the director. That's the lesson filmmaker Ava DuVernay imparted in a keynote speech at Los Angeles' Film Independent Forum on Sunday. The 2012 winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize described her "director's uniform," a kind of work armor that's more about self-protection than self-expression.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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Watch This: Say Yes - Directed by Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay has had a huge year so far--winning awards for Middle of Nowhere and being invited to join the Academy. That doesn't even touch upon DuVernay's increasingly prolific body of work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2013 10:15 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men. Meanwhile, of the 16 gala premieres just announced by this year's Toronto film festival , none have female directors.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • July 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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Ava DuVernay To Take on Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic Selma

Ava DuVernay has signed on with Plan B (Brad Pitt's company) and Pathe UK to helm Selma, a biopic on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The film will focus on the voting rights movement and will take place in 1965. David Oyelowo who appeared in Middle of Nowhere will play the civil rights leader.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2013 5:41 PM
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