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 Director News: Andrea Arnold Filmmaker in Residence and Catherine Hardwicke to Direct MTV Pilot

Two great women directors have recently been in the news. Andrea Arnold has been named the Filmmaker in Residence for the 51st New York Film Festival and Catherine Hardwicke will be directing a pilot for MTV.
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  • September 18, 2013 10:15 AM
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The Women Directed Films at 2013 New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival announced their 2013 main lineup. New films from Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland are in the line up.
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  • August 19, 2013 3:00 PM
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Fill the Void Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

The team at Sony PIctures Classics has been very busy since Toronto and they added another women directed film Fill the Void written and directed by Rama Burshtein to their list of acquisitions. The film will be Israel's submission to the Academy Award for best foreign film having won seven awards including best director, best picture and best screenplay at Israel's Ophirs (their version of the Academy Awards.)
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  • October 3, 2012 1:15 PM
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Nicole Kidman To Be Honored During New York Film Festival

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival. The festival which runs from September 28 – October 14th will feature seven films directed by women and also will be honoring actress Nicole Kidman.
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  • September 4, 2012 11:10 AM
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New York Film Festival Includes Seven Women Directed Films in Its Lineup

With one fell swoop the team of men and women who program the New York Film Festival stuck a pin in the eye of the dudes at Cannes by programming seven, yes seven films directed by women at the upcoming New York Film Festival. That's almost 22%. The total amount of films being screened in 32, and one of the women directors is a male-female collaboration.
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  • August 17, 2012 11:15 AM
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