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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-Directed Films Win Top Prizes at SXSW

Kudos to "Fort Tilden" directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers and "The Great Invisible" documentarian Margaret Brown.
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  • March 12, 2014 12:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Sarah-Violet Bliss

An in-depth interview with the co-director of "Fort Bliss," which took home SXSW's top honor yesterday.
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  • March 12, 2014 11:30 AM
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Lena Dunham's Feminist Week: From SNL to SXSW

Dunham on men's rights, female typecasting, and telling her story through "whatever means necessary."
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  • March 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Doris Dorrie

"I wanted to tell a different story about Mexico than the one about the drug war that we hear constantly."
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  • March 11, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Iva Radivojevic

"I myself had moved to three different countries by the age of 18, one of which was Cyprus. I was an immigrant to the island and [my film] is told through a personal point of view, though it's not about me, but the people we meet along the way."
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  • March 11, 2014 12:30 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Sandy McLeod

"This is a film about someone who saw a disaster in the making and was able to do something about it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 10, 2014 4:21 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Leah Meyerhoff

"I chose to cast my actual mother to play a fictionalized version of herself in the movie and an actual 16-year old girl to play the lead. My mother is in a wheelchair, having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was young. I was tasked with being her caretaker, and these responsibilities are paralleled on screen in Davina's life."
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  • March 10, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Diana Whitten

"'Vessel' is Rebecca's story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement."
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  • March 9, 2014 11:00 AM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Catherine Gund

"She just hasn't yet made the machine that will catapult her, or more likely, her dancers that far. But she has coerced a dancer/body into falling from 30 feet up in the air."
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  • March 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Kitty Green

"I was arrested eight times during the making of the documentary. The Ukrainian police didn't scare me, as they were never sure what to do with an Australian citizen. During a trip to the neighboring Belarus, however, I was abducted by the KGB while shooting a FEMEN protest."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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