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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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Lana Wilson and Martha Shane's After Tiller Picked Up by Oscilloscope Laboratories

The directorial debut from Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, After Tiller, has been picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
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  • February 19, 2013 12:02 PM
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Sundance Watch: Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Blackfish, a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, has been getting a lot of buzz at Sundance since its premiere. The doc follows the history of killer whales in captivity leading up to 2010, where Tilikum, a captive whale, killed several trainers. The film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films.
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  • January 25, 2013 9:15 AM
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Interview with Liz Garbus - Director of Love, Marilyn

Liz Garbus takes a well worn subject -- Marilyn Monroe -- and brings a whole new substance and understanding to this woman through her own words.  Using material that has never before been seen or heard, Garbus provides a glimpse into this complicated and very misunderstood woman using well known actors like Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn (who knew Marilyn) and Lindsay Lohan (what must have Lindsay been thinking reading the words of a woman who died so untimely) among many others.  A truly interesting and engaging film.  The film opens to today for a one week qualifying run and will air on HBO in 2013.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 30, 2012 2:03 PM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: The Stories We Tell Written and Directed by Sarah Polley

This first documentary by the incredibly talented Sarah Polley is getting great reviews out of Venice and Telluride.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 4, 2012 10:00 AM
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Wish Me Away: Interview with Directors Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

This is a repost of the interview I did at the premiere of the film last summer at Newfest in NYC. The film opens in NYC today and is also available on demand. Info here.
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  • June 1, 2012 10:15 AM
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