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

Sundance Women Directors: Meet Kate Barker-Froyland

"Much of the film takes place in Brooklyn, where I live, and we shot in many neighborhood places that I go to regularly. I wanted to record all the music live and to capture the music of the neighborhood and the city, while also capturing how music is this connective thread between people. "
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  • January 29, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Anne Hathaway to Produce and Star in The Lifeboat

Anne Hathaway has just signed on to star in and produce The Lifeboat, an adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Rogan.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 24, 2013 1:37 PM
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2013 Cannes News- Part 1

Some news coming out of Cannes
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 16, 2013 12:00 PM
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Anne Hathaway and Chloe Grace Moretz Sign onto Lynn Shelton's Laggies

When Women and Hollywood interviewed Lynn Shelton earlier in the year at Sundance, she mentioned her next project, Laggies, written by Andrea Seigel. Shelton described it about a twentysomething woman, who is passive in her life. When her longtime boyfriend proposes, she freaks out and hides out with her new best friend, a 16 year old girl.
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  • April 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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The Happy Girl vs. The Cool Girl: Why People Don't Like Anne Hathaway

People, especially women, really don't like Anne Hathaway. This isn't something that just started since Hathaway won her Oscar for Les Miserables last week--it's been long festering.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women Deserved Better at the 2013 Oscars

With Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars, we here at Women and Hollywood weren’t expecting much. But the sexist, racist, homophobic and completely unfunny spree that McFarlane hosted was even worse than imagined.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 25, 2013 2:43 PM
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Cross Post: My Two Favorite Golden Globe Winners: JLaw & Anne Get it Right on Body Image

As a complete movie nerd, I dragged my reluctant friends and family to my tiny local movie theater quite a few times over this past winter break. There have been just too many great movies to choose from lately, which left me feeling like a little kid in a cinematic candy shop. Lincoln and Les Miserables dazzled me with the strength of the actors' legendary performances. Life of Pi and The Hobbit amazed me with rich storytelling and eye-popping CGI. Silver Linings Playbook, hands down, my absolute favorite movie of the year, left me with a “great-movie high,” as I have recently dubbed the feeling.
  • By Rachel Pratl
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  • February 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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Standing Up and For Women

When I first started Women and Hollywood I knew that I wanted to the site to support women and their roles and accomplishments in pop culture but I really did not know exactly what that meant.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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Abi Morgan to Adapt 'Taming of the Shrew,' Anne Hathaway to Star

Brit Abi Morgan is taking on the master and adapting Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  Morgan, who created the BBC series The Hour and has written Shame and The Iron Lady, is supremely talented and brilliant. If you haven’t watched The Hour, please do so immediately, it is one of the best shows airing on television. Both season one and two are available on DVD and instant video.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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