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

Weekly Update March 29: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

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  • March 29, 2013 2:17 PM
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SXSW Interview with Sini Anderson, Tamra Davis and Kathleen Hanna of The Punk Singer

I can't write about Sini Anderson's great documentary The Punk Singer without mentioning that Kathleen Hanna has been one of my life-long heroes. When I was sixteen a friend gave me my first Bikini Kill CD, I had never heard anything like it, and feminism wasn't something that was remotely on my radar. I dove into Hanna's music and read everything I could about riot grrrl, even doing a presentation on it for a high school class where I received quizzical looks from the other students. Hanna always seemed larger than life to me--a musically inclined revolutionary badass.
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  • March 29, 2013 2:00 PM
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Hall of Shame - The Producers of Dr. Who

Building on the report that the US Writer's Guild recently released about the lack of momentum in increading women writers on US based TV shows, there has been a bit of a brouhaha over the lack of women writers on the very popular sci-fi show Dr. Who. Reports say that the show has not had a single female writer on the staff since 2008. They got a new female executive producer who was going to remedy the situation, but she left before getting it done. And only one woman has written for the show since this version started airing in 2005.
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  • March 29, 2013 1:00 PM
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Fay Kanin - Former Academy President, Screenwriter Dies

Fay Kanin, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriter passed away at the age of 95 of natural causes.
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  • March 29, 2013 12:00 PM
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Ashley Judd Not Running for Senate

After months of speculation, Ashley Judd has decided to not run for senate. She used twitter and her website to release her decision. She made clear that while she has a deep commitment to Kentucky and it's people the time is not right for her to get into the race.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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SXSW Review: Women-Directed Shorts including Sequin Raze and Ellen Is Leaving

At SXSW I was able to catch some excellent short films. There were a bunch of great women-centric ones including: Dotty a funny and touching look at an elderly woman struggling to send a text message to her daughter; Community's Gillian Jacobs was hilarious as a woman whose boyfriend begins to literally drive her insane in It's Not You, It's Me, and the gorgeously shot and supremely heartbreaking Mobile Homes about a young mother who is involved in human trafficking and is determined to get her and her son out.
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  • March 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Golden Girls on Marriage Equality

We here at Women and Hollywood want to give a shout out in support of marriage equality and we believe that this clip from The Golden Girls appropriately addresses this amazing week at the Supreme Court.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 28, 2013 3:00 PM
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WGA Releases Annual Writing Report And Women Make Small Progress

The Writers Guild West released its annual diversity report on the status of women, minority and older writers. Hollywood continues to make incremental, pathetic, baby steps towards diversity. The numbers show that in a little over a decade from 1999 to 2011, women have increased their positions just 5 percentage points from 25% to 30%.
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Lily Tomlin on Feminism, Humor and Girls

With the release of Admission, the awesome Lily Tomlin has been popping up in the media. Seeing Tomlin reminds us of what a pioneer she has been in Hollywood ranging from her career as a comedic actress, to being an outspoken feminist, to the casual acknowledgement of her sexuality and long term relationship with Jane Wagner. Interesting tidbit. She was offered the cover of Time in 1975 if she would come out. She said no, and still got it for her work.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 28, 2013 12:30 PM
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Bette Midler as Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last

I am so there. Previews begin April 5. Tickets here.
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  • March 28, 2013 11:40 AM
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