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

Questioning the Canon

When I arrived at graduate school for theatre we were told to have read books entitled "Famous American Plays" of the 20s, 30s, 40s etc. before we arrived. I did as I was told and really didn't think too much about it until we were sitting in a circle on the first day of class.
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  • July 31, 2013 2:00 PM
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More: theatre, Sexism

Shonda Rhimes to Write Film Script About Female War Correspondents

Shonda Rhimes is returning to movies. She began her career writing Crossroads and Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement before changing our television screens with hit shows Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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  • July 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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Jodie Foster's Elysium Role Was Originally Written for a Man

n Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium, Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is a Secretary of Defense for Elysium, a satellite hovering above Earth where the wealthy live. Below, on Earth, everyone else isn't as lucky.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 31, 2013 11:21 AM
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The BBC Academy's Anne Morrison Appointed Deputy Chair of BAFTA

Adding to her role as Director of the BBC Academy (their training centre), Anne Morrison has been appointed Deputy Chair of BAFTA. She will support Chair John Willis, who is in the second year of his two year term.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • July 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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An African American Woman -- Cheryl Boone Isaacs -- Wins the Presidency of the Academy

It's literally a new day at the Academy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2013 10:02 AM
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BFI Stats Show That the UK Claimed 15.3% of the Global Box Office in 2012

Although the UK's share of 2012's global box office is down 2% from the previous year, at 15.3% it is the third highest share on record and more than twice than what was earned in 2009. In money terms, the UK took $5.3 billion of a record-breaking $34.7 billion global box office.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • July 30, 2013 4:30 PM
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Spike Lee Thinks Only One Woman Has Made an Essential Movie

Another list, and another list that does not include hardly any women - one to be exact. Sometimes I try to let these pass, but you can't ignore a list put out by Spike Lee. He is a respected filmmaker who is out there with a new kickstarter campaign for a film (Steven Soderbergh donated $10,000), and a new film Oldboy coming out this fall and he is a professor at NYU's film school.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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More: Sexism

August Film Preview

It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
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  • July 30, 2013 12:30 PM
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Nine for IX: Swoopes Directed by Hannah Storm Premieres July 30

Sheryl Swoopes is one of the greatest women's basketball players to have ever graced the court. Those early seasons after she had her son and she was playing on the Houston Comets when nobody paid attention to women's basketball were amazing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: Mary, Queen of Scots

Screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is Mary, Queen of Scots about the tragic monarch who lost her head.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 29, 2013 2:30 PM
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