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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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Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre: "We Don't Make Abortion Funny. We Make a Character Funny."

Robespierre also discusses her influences, her challenges on set, and finally quitting her day job.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 6, 2014 11:18 AM
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Trailer Watch: Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

Writer-director Gillian Robespierre resuscitates the romantic comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 16, 2014 3:00 PM
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Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child Sold at Sundance

Just a couple of days after it acquired Lynn Shelton's "Laggies," A24 has picked up Gillian Robespierre's debut feature, the Jenny Slate-starring indie rom com "Obvious Child."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 21, 2014 11:30 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Gillian Robespierre

"We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women's experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren't sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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