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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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 Director News Roundup: Nancy Savoca, Christine Jeffs and Sarah Siegal-Magness

Some new feature projects have recently been announced coming from Nancy Savoca, Christine Jeffs and the directorial debut of Precious producer Sarah Siegal-Magness.
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  • November 8, 2012 11:14 AM
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Interview with Nancy Savoca - Co-writer and Director of Union Square

Women and Hollywood: This movie was born out of frustration of not being able to get financing for films, and then you made a movie that needed very little financing.  Talk a little about the guerrilla method you used for this film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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Union Square - directed by Nancy Savoca, written by Nancy Savoca and Mary Tobler

A set of sisters in crisis are on display in Nancy Savoca's long awaited return - Union Square. Mira Sorvino plays Lucy, a hot mess of a woman who seems bizarrely out of control for an adult. She's one of those characters that when you see her first on screen you cringe -- she wears completely inappropriate clothes for someone her age and causes scenes all over the place.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 13, 2012 10:41 AM
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Sisters in Crisis: Your Sister's Sister and Union Square

My time in Toronto was spent trying to seek out as many women directed films as I could. Two of my favorites from the past week are films about sisters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 15, 2011 1:45 AM
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More Toronto Additions

The Toronto Film Festival added to its already impressive lineup with some women directed films that I've been waiting for. There is a long awaited film from Nancy Savoca and Lynn Shelton's latest. It's going to be a busy week. I cannot wait.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 17, 2011 2:43 AM
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