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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

Bryan Singer Blames Women for the Failure of Superman Returns

Color us surprised: "Superman Returns" was apparently a women's movie.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 2:01 PM
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  • 33 Comments

Guest Post: The Pregnant Director

During the filming of my second feature film And While We Were Here, which hits theaters on September 13th, I was eight months pregnant with my second child.
  • By Kat Coiro
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  • September 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Interview with Katie Aselton - Director and Star of Black Rock

Black Rock is every woman's worst nightmare. You go out on an adventure with friends and then things go horribly wrong and you are running for your life. Katie Aselton gives us a film where the women Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth and Aselton herself need to work together to get out of a horrible situation. They have nothing but their wits and guts and life long relationships to come out of what should have been a fun camping trip alive. A major triumph of girl power. I'd take any of those women camping with me.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Black Rock - Directed by Katie Aselton

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 5, 2012 9:10 AM
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Two Women Directed Films Get Deals

Magnolia PIctures has picked up the documentary Queen of Versailles by Lauren Greenfield. Here's the description: the film "tells the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple who began building the largest home in America before the housing crash put the couple's fortune in jeopardy."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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