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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 Producers: Meet Mel Eslyn

"From the first pitch I was hooked. This story felt like nothing I had seen before. There was a navigation of common emotions and human interactions that was dealt with in such a wildly new and imaginative way."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 21, 2014 12:30 PM
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Jane Campion on Television, Women and Being 'Untameable'

In a new interview with The Telegraph, Jane Campion talks at length about Top of the Lake--her excellent miniseries which just premiered in the UK starring Elisabeth Moss as a detective looking into the disappearance of a young pregnant girl.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2013 11:25 AM
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Watch This: The Evolution of Peggy Olson

It's no surprise that Peggy Olson, played by the wonderful Elisabeth Moss, on Mad Men is one of our favorite female characters on television. We've watched Peggy evolve from a shy secretary, to a young copywriter to the Peggy of this past season, a 29 year old copy chief who is always leaning in so hard.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 3:25 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Drama Actress Roundtable

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their kickoff Emmy roundtable--highlighting the achievements of actresses in a drama. Some of our favorite women were on the panel which consisted of Monica Potter (Parenthood), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Connie Britton (Nashville), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men and Top of the Lake) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 4, 2013 9:58 AM
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Trailer Watch: Top of the Lake - a Mini-Series Directed by Jane Campion

It's always important to note when something by Jane Campion is about to be released. Next week starts a seven part mini series Top of the Lake written and directed by Campion. It stars Elisabeth Moss as a tough young detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teenager in the isolated backwoods of New Zealand. It premiered earlier in the year at Sundance and Berlin. Holly Hunter also stars.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter Talk Jane Campion's Top of the Lake at TCAs

At the Sundance Channel’s Television Critics Association panel last week, everyone was buzzing about Top of the Lake, Jane Campion’s epic seven part miniseries starring Elisabeth Moss and reuniting Campion and her The Piano star, Holly Hunter after 20 years.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Exclusive: Mad Men - Set Me Free

In this remix musical, the women of Mad Men get together to sing the 1966 Diana Ross hit, Keep Me Hanging On. A metaphor for both the rigid gender roles of the time and the much anticipated season of Mad Men, the mash up is an example of the ongoing connection between remix culture and new media driving TV engagement. By isolating key moments in the series where women took a stand and spoke up for themselves despite personal and social pressures, Mad Men: Keep Me Hanging On is an empowering look at the lives of these female characters as they negotiate their next steps in their lives and of course, their jobs.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 19, 2012 12:30 PM
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