Melissa Silverstein is a writer, blogger and marketing consultant with an expertise in the area of social media regarding women and Hollywood. She 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.

She is the producer and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival – A Celebration of Women and Leadership at Barnard College in NYC which took place from February 10-13, 2011.  She was recently on the International Film Award jury at the International Women’s Film Festival in Dortmund, Germany.

She has been featured on CNN as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications.  The Times of London named Melissa one of the top 100 Arts tweeters in 2011 and in 2010, Melissa was named one of 10 film critics to follow on twitter by Flavorwire.  In 2008, it was named by More Magazine as one of the “blogs to watch,” and in 2009, it was named “Best Hollywood blog” by

Over the last several years, Melissa has created social media marketing campaigns and events for a variety of films.  Recent films include: Dancing Across Borders, Bright Star, The Boys are Back, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Cheri, Sunshine Cleaning, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, Hounddog, The Duchess, A Previous Engagement, Then She Found Me, The Business of Being Born, Becoming Jane, Bend it Like Beckham, The Hours.

She has also worked on several high profile public education campaigns including Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the Pro Choice Public Education Project, and she was the founding project director for The White House Project and prior to that was the chief of Staff at the Ms. Foundation for Women.  She is on the advisory boards of the Women’s Media Center and Women, Action & Media (WAM!) and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV.


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lorye watson July 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Melissa, Thanks very much for getting this week’s W & H to me. I’ve been going through it and it’s impressive. I greatly enjoyed reading about what you did for “Last Chance Harvey” and “Bright Star” both of which I enjoyed immensely.

In thinking about my script “Life in the Collection” I’ll want to ente it in the Athena Festival at Barnard. Meantime would love to get it to a woman director, someone like the woman who directed the new “The Women” .
What would be my next step with you if that is possible. Could you give it a read? I can email it to you if so.

Hope to hear from you again. Happy Fourth,

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