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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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Whoopi Goldberg Has Gotten Really Busy Lately

I saw Whoopi Goldberg last evening on a post screening discussion following the New York premiere of Venus Vs. which included the short film she produced on C. Vivian Stringer, Coach. Coach is such an incredibly uplifting film about a strong and great women and coach, the only woman (or man?) who has taken three teams to the final four.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2013 11:10 AM
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Happy Friday: Abby Wambach Breaks Mia Hamm's Goal Scoring Record

While everyone was watching the basketball game last night, another record setting event took place to much less media play.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 21, 2013 1:30 PM
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Watch This: Nine for IX Short Film Coach - Directed by Bess Kargman

ESPN has released a short film in anticipation of the beginning of Nine for IX. Coach, directed by Bess Kargman and executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, is a short documentary about C. Vivian Stringer, one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 21, 2013 10:30 AM
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Guest Post: Can Major League Dreams Defy Martial Law?

In the face of daunting odds of gender, geography and living under the gun, women and girls are the power players in my new documentary - The Only Real Game.
  • By Mirra Bank
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  • April 30, 2013 12:00 PM
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Watch The Top 3 WNBA Picks Talk Sports and Sexuality

While we have made great progress on gay marriage, we stil live in a world where there is not a single professional out male athlete that is currently playing a major sport. They are there, they are scared, but that's it's a really big, important step that hopefully is coming.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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SXSW Review - The Other Shore

Diana Nyad is a warrior. There has never been a woman so aptly named after a Goddess. The Other Shore tells the story of Nyad's attempts to accomplish the near impossible feat, swimming the 103 treacherous from Cuba to Florida. As the documentary - directed by Timothy Wheeler - unfolds Nyad is considering taking on the swim 30 years after she had left the pool for good. She did not swim a stroke for 30 years. After retiring from swimming she went on to become a great sports broadcaster, but this unaccomplished feat, had been gnawing at her for three decades and so at 60, she decides to go for it. The training is brutal. Her intensity is beyond belief. You think she's a bit "cra cra" to be even trying this, but you are sucked into this completely super human feat.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Venus and Serena - Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major

Check out the trailer for Venus and Serena, directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. The documentary gives us a look into the lives of bad-ass, iconic tennis powerhouses Venus and Serena Williams from their childhood to dominating a sport that wasn't welcoming to the pair.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Nine for IX

This totally made my day. As a big women's sports fan here are NINE short films about women's sports directed by women. Executive producer Robin Roberts (who returned to Good Morning America yesterday after a 5 month absence to treat a rare blood disorder) recruited some great film directors like Shola Lynch, Ava DuVernay and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 21, 2013 3:04 PM
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Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg Direct Knuckleball

Who says women can't direct sports movies?  Stern and Sundberg who directed the amazing documentary on Joan Rivers, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work have set their sights now on the world of baseball and the maligned pitchers who are known as knuckleballers.  They get these guys to open up and it's a very interesting look at baseball from a different perspective.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 19, 2012 9:26 AM
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Thank You Women Athletes for a Great Olympics

Looking back on the last two weeks this was clearly the women's Olympics. Aside from Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt it was the women's stories that dominated the airwaves (at least here in the US.) This was the first year that the US sent more women athletes to the Olympics than men -- 268 to 255. The medal take for the US women showed dominance with them winning 29 gold medals. That number puts the US behind China which won 38 and tied with Great Britain. US men won 17 gold medals.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 13, 2012 11:22 AM
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