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

6 of WGA's 101 Greatest Screenplays Written by Women

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  • February 28, 2013 2:15 PM
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Senate Drops Zero Dark Thirty Investigation

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  • February 28, 2013 12:45 PM
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Krysten Ritter, Margo Martindale and Melanie Lynskey Nab New Pilots

Some of our favorite underappreciated actresses have been cast in pilots for the upcoming Fall TV season. The hilarious Krysten Ritter of the dearly departed Apartment 23 has been cast as the lead in Leslye Headland’s Assistance, a talent combination that is almost too perfect. The terrific Margo Martindale has been cast in a new CBS comedy pilot and Melanie Lynskey has landed a role in the new HBO comedy from the Duplass Brothers.
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  • February 28, 2013 11:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need follows Ida (Trine Dyrholm), who recently has lost her hair to cancer and then finds out her husband is having an affair. She travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets Philip (Pierce Brosnan) who is the father of the groom. The two decide to travel together and sparks fly. Love Is All You Need will have a limited release in the U.S. on May 3rd.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 28, 2013 10:05 AM
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Women In Film International Committee Co-Sponsors Tri-City Showcase of Films by Cuban Women

The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque are taking on a huge, exciting new project—a Tri-State showcase of films by Cuban women.
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  • February 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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SXSW Watch: Improvement Club - Directed by Dayna Hanson

This year Women and Hollywood will be at SXSW. One of the films we are excited to catch is Dayna Hanson’s Improvement Club which is competing in Narrative. Hanson wrote, directed and stars in the film. It is her first feature.
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  • February 27, 2013 11:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Hunky Dory - Starring Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver stars in Hunky Dory as a Viv, a high school drama teacher in 1970s South Wales. Viv wants to engage her bored teenage students and decides to put on an extremely unique musical that incorporates Shakespeare and glam rock. The film has songs that were recorded and performed live on the set of the film. It's currently available on iTunes and will be in theaters next month.
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  • February 27, 2013 10:05 AM
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Oscar Commentary Round Up

With everything surrounding this year’s Oscars there has been a wealth of really great commentary out there.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 26, 2013 3:46 PM
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Interview with Dyllan McGee - Executive Producer of MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Women and Hollywood: What made you come up with the idea for this massive undertaking?
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  • February 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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Women-Directed Films Announced for 42nd New Directors/New Films Series

The 42nd New Directors/New Films has announced their lineup. Co-hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art the series takes place from March 20-31.
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  • February 26, 2013 12:05 PM
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