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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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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Feo Aladag

"[I wanted to] break the taboo of telling a story about German soldiers deployed to a war-torn country [Afghanistan. The Third Reich dominates storytelling in German cinema in regards to Germany's soldiers. It seemed time to move beyond the trauma."
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  • February 24, 2014 10:19 AM
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Five Women Directors Win at Berlinale

They represent five countries on three continents.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 3:17 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Anna Kazejak

"There is nothing simpler than to denounce evil -- and nothing more difficult than attempting to understand it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 13, 2014 10:00 AM
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Berlin Women Directors: Meet Sudabeh Mortezai

"I discovered Macondo by accident. I had heard there was a settlement on the outskirts of Vienna that had been housing refugees since the 1950s, with 2000 people from over 20 nations co-existing in cheap social housing. I started to develop something by working with the people there to create a strong narrative rooted in an authentic world."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 12, 2014 3:00 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Celina Murga

"I see a challenge in keeping [viewers] watching a film for more than ten minutes. The way we conceive of a film may not be appropriate for the kind of viewing that people are getting used to now."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 12, 2014 2:00 PM
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Berlinale Dispatch 1: Off the Plane and Into the Competition

Feo Aladag takes a huge step forward with "In Between Worlds," her second feature. I was very much a fan of her first film "When We Leave," which dealt with "honor killings," but the scope and structure of this film is much larger and more complex. Here she ponders issues of masculinity, war, and Germany's place in a changing world.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 12, 2014 10:29 AM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Rebecca Chaiklin

"As a NYC documentary filmmaker, I was immediately captivated by what was happening in my back yard. On Day 3, I wandered into 'Liberty Square,' the park that was ground zero for the Occupy movement. What I witnessed was unlike anything I had ever seen."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Sophie Fillieres

"I wanted to write about a couple being two, about how it is hard to last under the burden of everyday life, about falling out of love. I wanted to write about letting go of everything and saying no to a suffocating life, to insinuations and misunderstandings, which are an everyday form of violence."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 11, 2014 1:00 PM
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Claudia Llosa's Aloft Bought by Sony Classics

Starring Jennifer Connelly, "Aloft" is one of the four women-directed films to compete for this year's Golden Bear prize at the Berlinale.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 7, 2014 1:38 PM
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Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Gina Kim

"Asia is often misrepresented or misunderstood in media. It's an 'exotic other' for mainstream culture in the West. As an Asian female filmmaker, I wanted to celebrate Asia through elements other than martial arts or exotic landscapes. We figured food and family are something uniquely Asian, but also universal that can appeal to larger audience."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 7, 2014 1:30 PM
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