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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October Horror Series Wrap Up

Throughout October, Women and Hollywood has been examining women in horror--coming of age, lady killers, demon girls, witches, haunted women--in television and film. We've also had the chance to interview awesome women writing and directing some of our favorite feminist horror classics and new talent aspiring to work in the genre.
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  • October 31, 2013 5:00 PM
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"Fear Teaches Us A Lot About Ourselves" - An Interview with Ginger Snaps Writer Karen Walton

As we've explored in this month's horror series, there's a lot--both good and bad--to discuss when it comes to the intersection of horror, women and feminism. One movie that continues to come up in feminist horror discussion is Ginger Snaps.
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  • October 31, 2013 3:14 PM
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Season of the Witch: Conjuring Strength Through Power

It's the season of the witch, both in the sense that it's Halloween, and that supernatural sisters are in the midst of a huge comeback. Meryl Streep's playing the Witch in a movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • October 31, 2013 2:06 PM
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Examining the "Woman Anxiety" Problem in The Exorcist

William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) has been a horror classic for the past 40 years, often referred to as one of the scariest films of all time, and an Oscar winner to boot.
  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 31, 2013 12:30 PM
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Barbra Streisand to Receive 2013 Glamour Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbra Streisand will be receiving Glamour magazine's 2013 Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award during the 23rd annual Women of the Year Awards on November 11th in New York.
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  • October 31, 2013 11:41 AM
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Margaret Dean and Kristy Scanlan Elected WIA Co-Presidents

Margaret Dean and Kristy Scanlan have been elected co-presidents of Women In Animation. The organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 31, 2013 10:00 AM
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Happy 10th Anniversary of Wicked

Today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the now classic musical, Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, the success of the musical developed by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz was unknown to all involved.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 4:23 PM
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Ripley: Believe it or Not, It's About All That

When Women and Hollywood asked me if I wanted to do a couple of guest posts on horror movies, I jumped at the chance. Like Kerensa Cadenas mentioned in her introduction to the series, I have an abiding fascination with horror movies and the way they manage to articulate seemingly inarticulable fears.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 30, 2013 4:10 PM
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Directing News: Susanne Bier and Carol Morley Start New Projects

Susanne Bier and Carol Morley are helming some new and exciting projects--both of which include cast members from HBO's Game of Thrones.
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  • October 30, 2013 12:46 PM
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IDA Documentary Awards Announces 2013 Nominations

IDA has announced their 2013 Documentary Awards nominations. Among them are some of the best female directed documentaries of the year including Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell and Jehane Noujaim's The Square.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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