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

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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6 of 8 Film Independent DocuLab Fellows Are Women Directors

Film Independent has chosen eight projects for their 2013 Documentary Lab -- six of those projects are directed by women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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