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

Interview with Circumstance Writer and Director Maryam Keshavarz

Here's a piece I wrote for this summer's Human Right Campaign Magazine Equality on the film. You can tell from the piece how impressive a film it is. It is a change making film because it tells the most common story about two people in love and throws on a multitude of complex layers including a repressive political environment in such a profound and bold way.
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  • August 26, 2011 12:44 PM
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Love and Risk in Iran: Circumstance Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Here is a piece I wrote on Circumstance written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz for the Human Right Campaign's Equality Magazine, for their Summer 2011 Issue.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2011 4:39 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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Circumstance - Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz Closes New Directors/New Films

This evening Maryam Keshavarz' Sundance award winning film will close the New Directors/New Film series in NYC. I spoke with Maryam this week and the full interview will be available when the film opens this summer, but here is a piece in honor of the film's NY premiere. Circumstance will be making its way around the film festival circuit this spring and if it comes to your neighborhood I highly recommend it. The film tells the story of two young women living in Iran trying to live as normal a life as possible under a repressive regime while exploring their feelings for each other.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 3, 2011 1:46 AM
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