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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

Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Sheila Canavan (Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank)

"Introducing a young, idealistic 13-year-old growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, and inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt and Allard Lowenstein, the film takes us through his improbable and painful journey as a lonely, closeted man to an authentic life as the first openly gay and married Congressperson."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2014 2:00 PM
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Zero Motivation Director Talya Lavie Wins Top Prize at Tribeca

Lavie also picked up the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, co-presented by Delia Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Farihah Zaman (This Time Next Year)

"It was particularly challenging working with teenagers. I had this notion that hey, I'm pretty young, I'm sort of cool, they'll just accept me into the fold. No, absolutely not. They sniffed out my advanced age and attendant lameness immediately -- I felt like Drew Barrymore in 'Never Been Kissed.'"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2014 11:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Gillian Greene (Murder of a Cat)

"'Murder of a Cat' is about a 28-year-old guy named Clinton who still lives in his mom's basement. When his cat is unexpectedly shot dead, he must rise to the occasion and solve his best friend's murder. Over the course of the mystery, he reluctantly grows up."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 24, 2014 2:42 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Courteney Cox (Just Before I Go)

"The biggest challenge was completing the film in 23 days with 41 speaking parts and 19 locations. Also, finding the right balance between the serious human pathos and the boundary-pushing comedy."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 24, 2014 10:29 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Eva von Schweinitz (A Film Is a Film Is a Film)

"What does it mean that we're constantly moving away from the analog into the digital? My intention is to show why the loss of this beautiful material is worth caring about."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 23, 2014 10:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them)

"The film is centered around a very non-traditional female character who is bucking societal norms and completely unapologetic about it. I think I underestimated how challenged audiences might feel by a character like Ellie."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Karen Leigh Hopkins (Miss Meadows)

"I'd always thought of myself as a liberal person but I wondered if we'd completely lost our marbles. Who, I wondered in my rage, could protect children and not worry about the politically correct grey area? "
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 21, 2014 12:59 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jessica Yu (Misconception)

"We literally had people asking us to make this film. But then during the research phase, I became fascinated by the disconnect between what I thought I knew and what is actually happening."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Amy Berg (Every Secret Thing)

"'Every Secret Thing' is a psychological thriller about a small, suburban New York town that must revisit a tragic murder from seven years earlier when a young girl goes missing in broad daylight. The film is important because it examines the gray area -- the why and how things happen."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2014 11:30 AM
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