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

3 of 5 2012 Kroll Film Fund Recipients are Women Directed

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  • December 21, 2012 12:45 PM
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Interview with Anne Fletcher - Director of The Guilt Trip

Barbra Streisand has not had the lead in a film since The Mirror Has Two Faces (which she directed) in 1996. She's back onscreen as Joyce Brewster, Seth Rogan's mom in the road comedy The Guilt Trip. The biggest challenge for the film is making Barbra look like a regular mom and while I know they tried really hard, Barbra is Barbra and she's not the kind of person who can just disappear. There were times when the interactions between mother and son were painful and not terribly funny, but seeing Barbra attempt to eat a massive steak in a eating contest is a high point. It's also interesting to see her character discover that by getting out of the house and going on the road that her life is not over, and that she can still find love.
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  • December 21, 2012 11:30 AM
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Video Interview: Grrls Guide To Filmmaking

I had a great time talking with filmmaker Rolla Selbak for their Grrls Guide to Filmmaking monthly videocast.
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  • December 21, 2012 10:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Heat Red-Band Trailer - Written by Katie Dippold

We previously posted the trailer for the Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock cop comedy, The Heat. The recently released red-band trailer (NSFW) gives you a better look at what to expect of the Katie Dippold penned film and it looks hilarious.
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  • December 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: Breaking Into the Film Business

So, recently I've been gaining a little modest traction in this oh-so-fickle business. And as I try to figure out what the next phase of my career will hold, I've been finding myself reflecting on the long and strange path that has led me here.
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • December 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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Interview with Lori Rotskoff on the New Anthology When We Were Free to Be

Cultural historian Lori Rotskoff talks with Holly Rosen Fink about her new anthology, co-edited with Laura L. Lovett, When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
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  • December 20, 2012 12:15 PM
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3 of 25 Films Inducted into National Film Registry Directed by Women

The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, picked the next batch of 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry. 3 of the 25 films chosen by Billington are directed by women. There are several women centric films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and One Survivor Remembers.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 20, 2012 11:00 AM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct Unbroken for Universal

Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, her first major studio film. The film is for Universal and Walden Media. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 book, Unbroken looks at the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and Air Force officer during WWII. Zamperini survived a plane crash during this period, and survived by floating on a raft for 47 days. He was later found by Japanese soldiers and spent time in a POW camp.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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Martha Nelson: First Woman Named as Editor in Chief for Time

Martha Nelson has just been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Time magazine. Nelson, will be the first woman to hold the post in the 70 plus years that the weekly has existed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 19, 2012 2:57 PM
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Cross Post: Too Old?

DC playwrights are watching their "in" boxes this week, awaiting word about whether they've been accepted into Arena Stage's playwrights' group. Six locals will be invited to join this elite bunch.
  • By Kitty Felde
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  • December 19, 2012 1:00 PM
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