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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2012 The Year in Review

We took a look back on the news for women in and around Hollywood in 2012 and here are the topics we think resonated this past year. Let us know what you think and if we missed any big news of the year.
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  • December 28, 2012 10:13 AM
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Looking Back at 2012: Some of Our Favorite Pieces of the Year

Looking back over the last year we are some of our favorite and buzz worthy pieces that ran on the site. We think they are a great overview of what went on for women in and around Hollywood in 2012.
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  • December 27, 2012 10:41 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: An A-Z of Women in Film in 2012

Since this column began in August, it has profiled a wide variety of women - fictional and real, contemporary and historic - whose achievements in film have been considered worthy of attention. Given the difficulty in characterising a single year in film, even through a specific prism such as gender, I have opted for the catalogue format of an A-Z review. Inevitably, there will be deserving omissions -- though be aware that I have attempted to chronicle the bad and the ugly as well as the good. The film industry in 2012 remains entrenched in sexist practices, a fact which is readily apparent in the following article. Nonetheless, the wide variety of compelling characters, star performances and inspiring writers, directors and other creatives listed below give plenty of reasons to cheer 2012's Heroines of Cinema.
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  • December 26, 2012 3:00 PM
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The Women Directed Movies of 2012

We here at Women and Hollywood want to salute the women who directed films in 2012.  We have compiled a list of features and docs (and foreign films) that were released in US theatres in 2012.  Hopefully we got them all.  Inevitably, we missed some.  If there are others, send them our way and we will be happy to list them.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 26, 2012 12:39 PM
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Merry Christmas

To everyone celebrating the holiday. We'll be back with some year end roundups later in the week.
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  • December 24, 2012 1:58 PM
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Sexism Pushes Its Way Into the Oscar Campaign

In the last week the screws have really been tightening in this bizarre world of Oscar campaigning, and Kathryn Bigelow and her film Zero Dark Thirty are the recipients of what is referred to a "whispering campaign."  To me there is nothing quiet about it.  It is loud and clear and smells like shit.
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  • December 21, 2012 6:47 PM
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Interview with Director Amy Berg and Producer Lorri Davis - West of Memphis

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  • December 21, 2012 2:00 PM
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3 of 5 2012 Kroll Film Fund Recipients are Women Directed

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 21, 2012 12:45 PM
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Interview with Anne Fletcher - Director of The Guilt Trip

Barbra Streisand has not had the lead in a film since The Mirror Has Two Faces (which she directed) in 1996. She's back onscreen as Joyce Brewster, Seth Rogan's mom in the road comedy The Guilt Trip. The biggest challenge for the film is making Barbra look like a regular mom and while I know they tried really hard, Barbra is Barbra and she's not the kind of person who can just disappear. There were times when the interactions between mother and son were painful and not terribly funny, but seeing Barbra attempt to eat a massive steak in a eating contest is a high point. It's also interesting to see her character discover that by getting out of the house and going on the road that her life is not over, and that she can still find love.
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  • December 21, 2012 11:30 AM
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Video Interview: Grrls Guide To Filmmaking

I had a great time talking with filmmaker Rolla Selbak for their Grrls Guide to Filmmaking monthly videocast.
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  • December 21, 2012 10:30 AM
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