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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Trailer Watch: Ginger & Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

Here's the latest trailer of Ginger & Rosa from Sally Potter. It premiered in Toronto last September and has played the festival circuit last year to good reviews.
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  • February 22, 2013 9:57 AM
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Viola Davis Speaks About Beautiful Creatures and Black Characters in 2013

Viola Davis’s latest film, Beautiful Creatures comes out today. Based on a YA novel, the film follows a teen girl, Lena (Alice Englert) who moves to a small Southern town. At her new high school she falls for Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), who is longing to escape small town life. The two uncover secrets about their families, their histories and their town as supernatural occurrences begin to happen around them.
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  • February 15, 2013 11:30 AM
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New Trailer: Ginger & Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

Sally Potter's gorgeous Ginger & Rosa was one of my favorite films from last year's AFI Film Festival. A coming of age story, set during the Cold War, best friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are inseparable until both step outside of their assigned roles within their friendship to disastrous results.
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  • January 9, 2013 12:15 PM
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Cross Post: How To Audition Internationally

Wake up and smell the latte. Opportunity knocks all over the world, and the common passport is talent.
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  • November 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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AFI Review: Ginger and Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

In my favorite Anne Sexton poem “Rowing,” one line in particular always sticks out to me: “I wore rubies and bought tomatoes/and now, in my middle age/about nineteen in the head I'd say/I am rowing, I am rowing.” While the characters in Sally Potter’s terrific Ginger and Rosa (superbly played by Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) are 16—the feeling of equal parts exhilaration and complete anguish of being a teenage girl permeates to its core. It echoes Sexton’s sentiment wholeheartedly, that we want youth when we are adults and want to be adults when we are young.
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  • November 15, 2012 11:29 AM
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Trailer Watch: Beautiful Creatures - Starring Alice Englert and Viola Davis

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  • September 21, 2012 9:30 AM
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