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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Maggie Carey's The To Do List Reinvents the Teen Sex Comedy

The teen sex comedy is a staple subgenre of teen films. Porky's, Revenge of the Nerds and American Pie are just some of the films that have brought sex puns and now grossly iconic uses of apple pie into pop culture. However it is genre that rarely, if ever, stars women.
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  • July 26, 2013 11:24 AM
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Aubrey Plaza and the Importance of Having Girls Come of Age in Film

Aubrey Plaza has always been a darkly comedic force in her role as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. She has continued to show her comedic range as a young intern in Safety Not Guaranteed and now as Brandy Klark in the upcoming The To Do List will tackle the sexual coming of age comedy.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Red-Band Trailer for The To-Do List - Written and Directed by Maggie Carey

Maggie Carey's The To-Do List is on our list of our most anticipated summer movies. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy, a recent high school graduate who decides to channel her scholastic prowess into becoming more sexually experienced before she heads to college.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 11, 2013 2:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: The To Do List - Written and Directed by Maggie Carey

The To Do List, written and directed by Maggie Carey, is a coming of age comedy about Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) who creates a check list to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college. The film will be released on February 14, 2013. Be warned, the hilarious red-band trailer is not safe for work.
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  • September 5, 2012 10:21 AM
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