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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A Distribution Success Story: I Will Follow - Written and Directed by Ava DuVernay

I started seeing information about I Will Follow a little over a week ago on twitter. People were sending me tweets about the opening and then they forwarded a very positive review from Roger Ebert. I was curious. Here was a movie written and directed by an African American woman, Ava DuVernay and about an African American woman. Now it's not always surprising to me that a film by and about women doesn't get the attention it deserves, in fact it's pretty common. So I thought here is a another little gem that will go unrecognized especially because it wasn't on any upcoming release lists and wasn't screening.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 17, 2011 3:47 AM
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