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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 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

SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness)

"Abuse of Weakness ('L'Abus de Faiblesse') is the legal definition in France of what I suffered. But it is also in French, a sound, a strangeness more powerful poetically than its legal significance."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 12:34 PM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan (The Blue Wave)

"When you tell a story about young women and you are women writers/directors yourself, there is always a false impression that your work must be autobiographical and/or 'personal.'"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 1, 2014 12:30 PM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Sara Dosa (The Last Season)

"These two [former soldiers] bonded in the mushroom-hunting camps after sharing stories of surviving war in Southeast Asia, then became adopted father and son."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Julie Bertuccelli (School of Babel)

"[My subjects] are Irish, Senegalese, Brazilian, Moroccan, Chinese: 24 students, 24 nationalities. They are between 11- and 15-years-old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same [language and cultural] adaptation class at a Parisian secondary school."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 28, 2014 2:30 PM
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SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth)

"Our film is not a solemn, deferential portrait of an acclaimed musician. Instead, we focused on probing universal themes including mortality, our time on earth and how we spend that time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2014 3:00 PM
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26% of SFIFF Films in Competition Directed by Women

Five narrative and nonfiction filmmakers will compete for nearly $40,000 in total cash prizes this year's festival.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 11, 2014 11:30 AM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Unveils Line Up

Last week, the 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival announced their line up. This will be the first festival with Ted Hope at the helm since he took over the Executive Director position of the San Francisco Film Society in the Fall.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 11:00 AM
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