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Founder/Editor – Melissa Silverstein

Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood. She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival — A Celebration of Women and

— at Barnard College in NYC. The sixth annual conference will take place February 18-21, 2016.  

Melissa was
selected to be a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, the major film
diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. And she 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

She has a regular column on, and
has written for The Washington Post, NY
Times, More Magazine and has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as
in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune,
Washington Post, NY Times and many other publications. She was a
contributor to "The Tattooed Girl: The
Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of
Our Time."

Click here to book Melissa for a speaking engagement.

Contact Melissa at 

News Editor – Casey Cipriani 

Casey Cipriani is a New York-based arts and entertainment journalist with a passion for sci-fi, fairy tales and nerdy things. Casey got a Master’s Degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where she concentrated in Arts & Culture. She interned at the New York Daily News and Indiewire, where she became Assistant Editor after graduation.

In addition to working at Women and Hollywood, she is a Film Features Writer at Bustle. Her writing has also been seen at Indiewire, Criticwire, Vulture, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Filmmaker Magazine, Salon, Slate, Movie Mezzanine, Refinery 29, No Film School and Screen Rant. She conducts interviews, reviews film and television, writes essays and covers film festivals around the world.

– Laura Berger

Laura Berger is an editor at Women and Hollywood. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Popmatters, "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion" (Titan Books) and "Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters" (Kendall Hunt Publishing) 


Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart handles the weekly TV beat at Women and
Hollywood. She also works at the New York Post where she is a film critic
and features writer. She is also an occasional contributor to Cosmopolitan
magazine and has in the past written for Time Out New York, The Week, New York,
Chicago Social, The Improper Bostonian and the (sadly, now defunct) Boston

Dorothy Snarker 

Dorothy Snarker is Women and Hollywood’s queer columnist. She writes at and
is a regular contributor at
Also find her @dorothysnarker.


Eboni Boykin

Eboni Boykin is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is an undergraduate at Columbia University, studying English Literature. She has interned in the television industry with Lifetime Movie Network, HLN and MSNBC. She has also been an intern blogger covering gender and media at and plans to pursue writing for the screen after graduation. She tweets @eboniboykin

Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is a doctoral candidate working in film and media studies at the University of Oregon. She has previously written for The Atlantic and Slate. You can follow her on Twitter @diana_emmeline.

Siân Melton

Siân Melton is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is the founder of The MUFF Society, a monthly film series and community that celebrates and champions women in film. Siân fell in love with independent film and the filmmaker/audience experience through working at film festivals across North America over the past six years. She contributed to the TIFF Vanguard and TIFF Midnight Madness blogs from 2012 to 2014 and has covered women-centric films for Cinefilles at Sundance since 2015. When she isn’t advocating for women in film, she’s probably binge-watching "Broad City" or talking about herself in the third person. She tweets at @sharnacious and @MUFFSociety.


All pitches should be directed to Melissa Silverstein at 


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trudy ruchman

I am working on anEqual Pay Day event for our local branch of AAUW. I want to use the photo of Lilly with the [hands up] that you have on your website. Did you need permission? Do you know the name of the photographer? I would appreciate your input Thanks. Trudy Ruchman


How do I tell Barbara Hall that Aaron Sorkin is almost as good as she is?

James Clarke

Melissa, I hope you will enjoy my book. I’m happy to provide you with a signed paperback, The Bifrost Bridge. 0989054993

Jo Programming

Hi, the London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada) would like to preview the film, Concussion. If you are not the distributor, could you please help us to get in contact with the filmmaker/distributor? Any help would be appreciated. Our festival is in London, Canada in April 2014. Please visit for our submission link and guidelines under SUBMIT FILMS (big pink box) on the home page. The form is free, simple and very short. This helps us to keep track of your film – and this is especially helpful at short list time! Thanks!

Programming Committee
London Lesbian Film Festival


Nora Ephron inspires me still. I look to "When Harry Met Sally" as the greatest of romantic comedies, told in a classic New York voice. I can't understand why a movie like hers did not win her the best screenplay Oscar. I don't want to bash Diablo Cody–June was nowhere near the brilliance of WHMS. And that goes for many other screenplays. Awards aside, I will carry Ephron's style and wit inside of me and seek her legacy of good films when writing my own.


Hello Melissa, just found your site on Forbes top 100 websites for woman, congrats! :)

Roberta Kenney

Fox's writers intensive published Women and Hollywood as an organization that can sponsor an applicant to their program, but I don't see anything membershipy around here, just your great blog. Where do I sign up?

Malcolm eshan

Maas is a Medis Organization, and like to make flm on women rights in Pakistan, please tell us your idea

Daniel Park

Dear Melissa Silverstein,
I came across your blog on indieWire, and I really admire your work! Your advocacy and support of women in film is very inspiring. Your exploration of both the independent community and the glitzy studios and how women factor into that community is truly amazing!

Based on your work and your audience, I wanted to alert you about our upcoming feature documentary, My Nose: The Bigger Version. In this film, we follow Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum as she courageously takes us into her personal life. This intimate and sometimes humorous movie shows the transformation of her relationship with her mother from Mommie Dearest to Dear Mom.

Her award-winning short film, My Nose, about Gayle’s mother’s quest to get her to have a nose job not only introduced her to her critical mother but also launched her into being a motivational speaker. Gayle developed “The Seven Healing Tools”, teaching people how to deal with critical parents and people in their lives. She lectures and and writes on this topic (

As we approach post-production, the support from you and your readers could not have come at a more crucial time. Through Kickstarter ( we have set a goal and offer rewards ranging from an exclusive meet and greet with Gayle, personally signed copies of the DVD to producing credits and more–all for fans who contribute!

You can learn more about the film, view trailers and meet Gayle’s mom at the website, and follow us on Twitter, MyNoseBV!

How can we come together to promote the campaign and encourage your readers to become involved? Our sincerest gratitude for any help you can provide! Please feel free to contact me directly. I am a lead organizer of the campaign.

Thank you,
Daniel Park

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