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

Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Lynn Shelton's Laggies Sold at Sundance

Two days after its Friday premiere at Sundance, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Lynn Shelton's arrested-development dramedy "Laggies" had been bought by A24.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Lynn Shelton on the Question that Shapes Her Work and the Beauty of Sundance

"I pride myself on taking premises that seem on paper to seem not particularly promising and then making a movie that, once you watch it, you feel, 'Oh yeah. That actually could have happened in real life.'"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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Women Centric Films in Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Gala & Special Presentation Line Up

After taking a look at the women directed films in the galas and special presentations, we also wanted to take a look at the women centric films that will be receiving lots of attention in Toronto. We are guessing that there will be big stars in attendance like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2013 11:15 AM
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Keira Knightley Will Produce and Star in The Other Typist

Keira Knightley will be producing and starring in The Other Typist, based on the debut novel of Suzanne Rindell. Fox Searchlight has locked down the rights.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 28, 2013 12:41 PM
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Trailer Watch: Anna Karenina

My favorite book comes to the big screen again. This version opens November 9.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 22, 2012 8:57 AM
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Happy International Women's Day: Women in Film and TV (UK) Releases 2012 Power List

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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Trailer Watch: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World - Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 10, 2012 9:30 AM
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Guest Post: Critics Are from Mars, Actresses from Venus

Critics! Can’t live with them, can act without them. Why won’t critics accept raw emotion that’s honestly and accurately depicted? Why do they applaud nudity and fake sexual intercourse, but react to sensual scenes from the heart as if they’ve been forced to digest spoiled food?
  • By Neely Swanson
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  • January 9, 2012 9:26 AM
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