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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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The Punk Singer Director Sini Anderson: "It's Not Hard to be Drawn to Kathleen Hanna's Story"

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Sini Anderson, whose latest film, The Punk Singer, about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, opens on November 29.
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  • November 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Laura Checkoway

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Laura Chekoway, whose latest film, 'Lucky,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2013 12:43 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Cecilia Peck

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Dana Ben Ari whose latest film, 'Breastmilk,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Vicki Vasilopoulos

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos, whose latest film, 'Men of the Cloth,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2013 11:10 AM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Lucy Kostelanetz

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Lucy Kostelanetz, whose latest film, 'We Don't Wanna Make You Dance,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Gitte Peng

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Gitte Peng, whose latest film, 'I Learn America,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Therese Shechter

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Therese Shechter, whose latest film, 'How to Lose Your Virginity,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Linda Hoaglund

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Linda Hoaglund, whose latest film, 'Things Left Behind,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmakers Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot, whose film, 'Town Hall,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 16, 2013 12:00 PM
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DOC NYC Women Directors: Meet Dori Berinstein

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker and Broadway producer Dori Berinstein, whose latest film, 'Marvin Hamlisch,' is featured at DOC NYC.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 16, 2013 11:00 AM
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