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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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Celine Sciamma's Black Parisian Drama Girlhood Finds Distribution

Karidja Toure stars as Marieme, a 15-year-old who ditches the only existence she's known to join a clique of tough girls -- and changing her name, her dress, and her life to do so.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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Cannes Roundup: Few Women Directors at Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week

Among the 19 features selected for Directors' Fortnight, a parallel program to the official selection, only two are from female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:32 PM
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Tomboy

Tomboy written and directed by Celine Sciamma is literally one of my favorite movies of the year. I enjoyed every second of it. It tells the story of Laure, a girl who moves to a new town and pretends she is a boy. She has short hair, wears gender neutral summer clothing and is at an age where at first look there is hardly any indication that she is a girl. But she knows that being a boy brings a lot more freedom and much less scrutiny than being a girl so she does not hesitate to declare herself a boy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 15, 2011 10:34 AM
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Jury Awards from Romania International Film Festival

Last Sunday concluded the Romania Film Festival in Bucharest where I was a jury member. There were two different sections -- CineBlackSea and Women in Cinema. We gave out awards for best overall film between the categories, best actor and a best director in each category.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 12, 2011 3:03 AM
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NewFest Crowns Winners

NewFest wrapped up at the end of last week and female directors got a bunch of surprises.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 1, 2011 2:30 AM
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