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 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."
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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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Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed; Only Two Women Directors in the Main Competition

On the PR bullshit of Cannes festival Thierry Fremaux and the myth of "good enough."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 9:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

Writer-director Gillian Robespierre resuscitates the romantic comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 16, 2014 3:00 PM
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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?"
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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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Rebecca Zlowtowski to Head Two Cannes Juries During Critics' Week

Plus more good news out of Un Certain Regard.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Sofia Norlin (Broken Hill Blues)

"I wanted to do a film about youth in a time when society is shaking, economically and ecologically. In Kiruna, that's literally the situation! I have kids myself, and I often wonder about how new generations will have to deal with what we leave behind."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Talya Lavie (Zero Motivation)

"An administration office could be the most boring place on earth, but a staple-gun in the first act is sure to go off in the third."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 15, 2014 11:00 AM
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Women Dominate This Year's Olivier Awards

"Chimerica's" Lucy Kirkwood and Lyndsey Turner won Best Play and Best Director, respectively, at the UK's most prestigious theater awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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