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

Trailer Watch: A Young Woman Searches for Her Real Identity in Ida

"Ida" promises gorgeous black-and-white compositions and a powerful story about family and identity.
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  • April 21, 2014 3:00 PM
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Rape Culture Sidetracks Game of Thrones

Spoiler alert: This post discusses last night's episode.
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  • April 21, 2014 2:38 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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Angelina Jolie and Linda Woolverton Talk Maleficent in New Featurette

The May 30 release will be part-prequel, part-alternate POV.
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  • April 21, 2014 12:00 PM
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Take the Quiz: How Many Movies By Female Directors Have You Seen?

The Piano? Fish Tank? Cleo from 5 to 7?
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  • April 21, 2014 11:59 AM
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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."
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  • April 19, 2014 11:30 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Kate Davis (Newburgh Sting)

"It was very hard to get people from all sides to talk on camera. The prosecutor, several defense attorneys, even family members of the convicted men were afraid to speak out against the FBI, fearing for either their jobs or personal security. "
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  • April 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Weekly Update for March April 18: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on April 18.
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  • April 18, 2014 4:30 PM
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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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