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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Emma Watson to Star in Francesca Gregorini's Your Voice in My Head

Emma Watson is set to star in Francesca Gregorini's Your Voice In My Head adapted from Emma Forrest's memoir of the same name.
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  • September 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Bling Ring - Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola

The Bling Ring may be the most anxiety producing film I have ever seen. I sat raptly watching it with deep concern over the state of young people today. Thankfully, I was with two young women who are interns for the Athena Film Festival, who were by the way also very anxious, and they both assured me that not all high school kids are like the kids in the movie. It was a relief, but still, even if most kids are not like those in the film, some kids are. This is the latest film from Sofia Coppola who has made a career of looking at youth, indulgence and fame. What she has accomplished here is to make good movie about a bunch of hateful people.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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New Trailer for The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola

As we've recently reported, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring will be opening up Un Certain Regard at Cannes. On the heels of that announcement here comes another trailer for the film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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Emma Watson to Receive MTV's Trailblazer Award

Emma Watson is set to receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer award which honors young actors who have created their own unique path in the industry. Last year's recipient was Emma Stone.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 3, 2013 11:00 AM
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A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring for June Release

One of our most anticipated movies of 2013, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, was just acquired by A24. Coppola’s film is based on the real life story of a group of rich teenagers who robbed celebrity homes for over a year before getting caught. Adapted from Nancy Jo Sales’ article in Vanity Fair, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” the group robbed homes from October 2008 to August 2009 racking up over $3 million dollars in stolen goods.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 17, 2013 2:00 PM
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