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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

Review of Freida Mock's Anita: The Story of a Hero

Director Freida Mock does justice to a woman who stood up for the truth.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 20, 2014 11:50 AM
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Interview with Freida Mock, Director of Anita

"There was so much misunderstanding, if not misinformation. So I felt it was an opportunity to tell the story of who she is, where she came from, how she ended up in the seat of power, and what her impact has been."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 19, 2014 12:02 PM
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Sundance Sale: Sony Classics Nabs Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear

After debuting at Sundance to great reviews, Maya Forbes' feature debut, "Infinitely Polar Bear," has been bought by Sony Picture Classics.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 11:00 AM
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SXSW Festival Lineup Features 20 Features from Women Directors

Of the 115 features that will play at the South by Southwest Festival in March 7-15, women filmmakers will be represented in 21, or about 18%, of them.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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Stephanie Soechtig's Sundance Doc Fed Up Sold

The alarming and attention-grabbing documentary looks at the relationship between the food industry and obesity.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 29, 2014 11:43 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Kate Barker-Froyland

"Much of the film takes place in Brooklyn, where I live, and we shot in many neighborhood places that I go to regularly. I wanted to record all the music live and to capture the music of the neighborhood and the city, while also capturing how music is this connective thread between people. "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 29, 2014 10:00 AM
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Women Win Nearly a Third of Sundance Awards

Women directors, editors, cinematographers, and musicians received a third of the nearly thirty awards doled out by the film festival. Among them were Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde, who directed "52 Tuesdays," a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who adjusts to her mother's transition into a man.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 3:07 PM
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Producer Alix Madigan's Sundance Keynote: Instability of Indie Film is Worth the Risk

Madigan was the keynote speaker at the Sundance Producer's Luncheon this year -- an opportunity she used to discuss her love of independent film. Her speech was a reaction to the widely reported departure of veteran producer Ted Hope from the world of filmmaking.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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Sundance Woman Directors: Meet Tracy Droz Tragos

"Rich Hill is our family hometown, and over the years it has fallen on hard times. We wanted to tell the stories of families living there who [seemed] to us largely ignored and clearly facing a lot of challenges."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 24, 2014 11:00 AM
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Five More Women-Directed Films Sold at Sundance

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"
Many congrats are in order.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 10:00 AM
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