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

Women Win Big at the Hamptons International Film Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend and handed out their awards.
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  • October 14, 2013 3:00 PM
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HIFF Women Directors: Meet Shana Betz

Shana Betz served as Executive Director for the MVPA, the premiere trade association for the music video industry, and Executive Produced the Director's Cuts Film Festival, the cutting edge film festival of short films by the top music video directors.
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  • October 13, 2013 11:00 AM
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HIFF Women Directors: Meet Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide.
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  • October 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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HIFF Women Directors: Meet Donna Zaccaro

Donna Zaccaro is Founder and President of Dazzling Media, a New York-based media production company. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a Dazzling Media film. Donna served as the director and producer of this documentary about her mother. Previously, Donna was a longtime, award-winning producer for the Today show at NBC News.
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  • October 11, 2013 10:24 AM
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HIFF Women Directors: Meet Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director of documentaries, as well as narrative TV and film, her most recent project is the documentary Running From Crazy, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival..
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  • October 9, 2013 2:01 PM
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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Competition Lineup

The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival has announced its competition lineup as well as awards and conversations with renowned actors.
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  • September 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Academy Celebrates the Career of Ann Roth

A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival. I was able to catch up on a bunch of films and attend some really cool events including a tribute to the costume designer Ann Roth by the Academy. It's not often that below the line talent gets a celebration of this magnitude, and at times it looked like Ms. Roth wanted to be anywhere but the stage of Guild Hall where everyone was calling her a legend.
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  • October 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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26 of 84 Films in the Hamptons International Film Festival Are Directed by Women

Last week the 20th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival announced their line-up. The festival will run from October 4 – 8. With a slate of 84 films announced thus far, 26 are directed by women (this doesn’t include shorts). And in their Golden Starfish Award Competition (Narrative, Documentary and Short film) out of 15 films and shorts-- 3 women-directed films (1 feature, 1 documentary and 1 short) are in competition.
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  • September 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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