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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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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen Stop Being 'Very Good Girls'

"Very Good Girls"
Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss co-star in Naomi Foner's directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 4, 2014 3:45 PM
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Overcoming Trauma of the Home: Women Gaining Strength in Light of Abuse

Much has been made by media critics of the propensity of horror movies to fetishize the murder of women - to make them victims, suffering at the hands of brutal forces for their sexual sins. The slasher films of the '70s and '80s as well as their '90s sequels allowed audiences the killer's-eye-view of mostly naked women fleeing attack.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 14, 2013 2:15 PM
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4 Women out of 5 Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Last year’s British Academy of Film and Television Rising Star award nominees were dominated by only actors. This year, actresses are taking the upper hand, with 4 out of the 5 nominations going to women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 8, 2013 9:35 AM
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Jane Fonda Talks About Her Life on the Eve of the Release of Peace Love and Misunderstanding

I'm the lucky girl who gets to go to the premiere tonight. Here she is talking to CBS This Morning. The film opens on Friday.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: Peace Love and Misunderstanding

Jane Fonda as a hippie in Woodstock. Film is on opens and is available on VOD on June 8.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 1, 2012 9:37 AM
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Guest Post: Elizabeth Olsen Speaks Volumes in Silent House

Silent House is centered entirely on one woman’s terror as she is systematically stalked by an unknown assailant in a creepy, spooky old house. At first glance, this plotline might seem like it comes straight from another slasher movie, but Silent House is anything but.
  • By Heidi Martinuzzi
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  • March 8, 2012 10:02 AM
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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

At least they are all dressed.  But all the satin kind of reminds me of a brothel.  Thw women on the power panel which is the actual cover are Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.  And Jennifer Lawrence is in the top center.  Smart of them to include the awesome Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 9:10 AM
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Sundance Press Obsession with the "It" Girl

I never realized how annoying the whole "it" girl thing was until I saw three straight "it" girls articles in my RSS feed yesterday about three different women.  I know that people have to come up with a lot of stories to write and this is an easy way to talk about women, but I just want to say the whole term and discussion is sexist because you never, ever, see and article on an "it" boy.  Can you imagine a press article written about an "it" boy?  No, you can't and that's why it's sexist.  It is a convenient way of writing about a cute, usually younger, usually white woman who has surprised people with her performance in a film (or films) or who has been discovered, or rediscovered.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 26, 2012 11:09 AM
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Where are the Women at the Indie Spirit Nominations?

I just got back from a meeting and broke open the list of indie spirit nominees for 2012 and I am utterly dispirited at the lack of female voices throughout the categories. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 4:41 PM
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  • 12 Comments

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