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

A Frozen/Fire Holiday Weekly Update for November 27: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on November 27.
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  • November 27, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Punk Singer Director Sini Anderson: "It's Not Hard to be Drawn to Kathleen Hanna's Story"

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Sini Anderson, whose latest film, The Punk Singer, about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, opens on November 29.
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  • November 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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5 TV Women to be Thankful for This Thanksgivukkah

On TV, women have stepped up as innovative showrunners and sought-after directors and have found increasingly rich parts as actresses. So for Thanksgiving, here are five women in television I’m remarkably glad are making it better for the rest of us:
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  • November 27, 2013 2:00 PM
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Black Nativity Director Kasi Lemmons Talks About Langston Hughes, Making a Musical

Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes' musical retelling of the Nativity story in her new film Black Nativity. Lemmons spoke with Women and Hollywood about her attachment to Langston Hughes' work, the new songs she co-wrote for the film, and this year's bumper crop of films about the black experience.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 27, 2013 12:30 PM
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Quote of the Day: President Obama to Hollywood "You Help Shape the World's Culture"

President Obama to Hollywood: You Help Shape the World's Culture
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  • November 27, 2013 11:51 AM
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Saving Mr. Banks Producer Alison Owen on Making a Film About Disney with Disney

Alison Owen is one of the most successful independent producers working in the UK. The development slate boasted by her shingle, Ruby Films, is bold and female-driven, with women directors attached to 50% of its announced production slates for 2014 and 2015. Alison talks about her latest film, 'Saving Mr. Banks.'
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • November 27, 2013 10:43 AM
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Women Dominate First Feature, Documentary Categories in Spirit Awards Nods

Women directors outnumbered the men among the Independent Spirit Awards' Best First Feature and Best Documentary nominees. Women writers were also well represented in the Best Screenplay and Best First Screenplay. However, no woman was nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, or Best International Film.
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  • November 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Infographic: Gender Inequality in Hollywood (It's Worse than You Think)

In honor of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' the blockbuster success of which should disprove every industry myth about women-led films being unprofitable, the New York Film Academy shares this wonderful infographic to bring awareness about the continuing entrenched sexism in Hollywood.
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  • November 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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With Frozen, Director Jennifer Lee Breaks the Ice for Women Directors

It has taken 53 films, starting with 1937's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' for the Magic Kingdom to reach this historic point. But Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally placed a woman in the director's throne: Jennifer Lee. Happily, her touch is definitely on display in 'Frozen,' which is co-helmed by veteran animator.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 26, 2013 2:30 PM
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Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of production.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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