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 Sabine Lubbe Bakker (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

"Since the friendship between the two protagonists is ruthless, and therefore beautifully honest, I too had to accept we can't always 'fix' things."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 4:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Melissa Johnson (Love in the Time of March Madness)

"I made 'Love in the Time of March Madness' because it's in my bones, literally. It's a dark comedy about my dating life as a woman who hit 6'4" in 8th grade at 127 pounds with size 12 feet -- and lived to tell about it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 3:30 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Louise Ni Fhiannachta (Rubai)

"I wanted to make a film about challenging our traditions from the perspective of a sincere seven-year-old girl, a perspective that's warranted due to an event in her life."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 10:30 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Susanna Fogel (Life Partners)

"The idea of normalizing a best friendship between a lesbian and a straight girl without overly politicizing their sexualities felt exciting and true to the zeitgeist now."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Johanna Hamilton (1971)

"It's a completely improbable story -- they were complete outsiders who trained themselves to be amateur burglars in order to break into an FBI office.... Not only did they manage to pull off a serious heist, but they manage to evade capture despite one of the largest FBI investigations of all time."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Garrett Bradley (Below Dreams)

"I am fascinated by the reverse migration of young folks graduating college and moving to the South. This migration, which further exposes socio-economic differences in our generation, grows more and more evident in newly established neighborhoods, nightlife and most explicitly, in the workforce."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Alexandra Liveris (Nocturnity)

"This is a personal documentary about a rare disorder that I have dealt with from the age of seventeen. I have always wanted to understand if its onset is psychologically or biologically driven. This film and the experiment conducted within the film helped me get one step closer to answering that question."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 11:30 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Olivia Klaus (Life After Manson)

"The Manson Family story has been told numerous times over the last four decades, to an exhausting degree. [It] became clear that we had to focus solely on Patricia Krenwinkel, allowing the project be told in her voice... where she went wrong, who she was, and who she has become."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 11:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Grausman (Art and Craft)

"I couldn't stop thinking about it: what kind of art forger donates his work to museums instead of selling it?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 16, 2014 12:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Linda G. Mills (Of Many)

"As a Jewish woman who witnessed 9/11 at very close range, I felt particularly moved by the Muslim chaplain and all the students that have been engaged in this work -- our two cultures have so much in common, and yet how little we know about each other."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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