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

Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Barbara Kopple Win at Cinema Eye Awards

Polley won the Best Director prize for "Stories We Tell," while Walker took the inaugural Best TV Documentary award for "The Crash Reel."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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All Five Docs Nominated for Cinema Eye’s Top Prize Directed or Produced by a Woman

For the first time in the award’s history, all five of the features competing for the “Best Documentary” prize were either directed or produced by a woman. Female directors also comprised the majority of the “Best Director” nominations, as well as Cinema Eye’s inaugural award for Nonfiction Films Made for Television.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 8, 2013 11:30 AM
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Cinema Eye Announces List of 25 Most Influential Documentaries

Cinema Eye announced their list of the 25 Most Influential Documentaries which put together by current filmmakers who are eligible for the 2014 Cinema Eye Honor, one of the top awards for documentary film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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Cinema Eye Announces 15 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists

Cinema Eye has announced the 15 nonfiction short film finalists for their 2014 Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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