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

Trailer Watch: Girl Most Likely - Written by Michelle Morgan and Co-Directed by Shari Springer Berman

This is Kristen Wiig's first leading role onscreen since Bridesmaids. I hope people are not expecting Bridesmaids 2 because this looks a bit more intense. Formerly titled Imogene, Wiig plays a playwright who has a nervous breakdown and is forced to move back in with her estranged mom (Annette Bening).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 6, 2013 10:18 AM
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Guest Post: Looking at Real Women With Real Life and Body Issues in Yogawoman

With the presidential debate including talk once again of women getting equal pay, it seems surreal to me that we are still having this discussion. In the 70’s, when I was a teenager reading books like Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room, I was so inspired and imagined how fast it was all changing and how different my life as a woman was going to be from my mother’s. As I now speed towards 50, it appears we women still have to fight for every opportunity we get, including a sense of self worth.
  • By Kate McIntyre Clere
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  • October 25, 2012 12:00 PM
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Lisa Cholodenko And Kathleen Kennedy Elected to Academy's Board of Governors

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected new members to the board of governors. There are two new members, director Lisa Cholodenko and producer Kathleen Kennedy. Kathleen Kennedy has previously been on the board and Cholodenko is a first time board member elected to the remaining two years of Paul Mazursky's term.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2012 4:32 PM
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The Bridesmaids Effect: Imogene

The folks from Coming Soon have posted some first photos from Imogene the new comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening.   Here's the description from imdb:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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