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

Interview with Jerusha Hess - Writer and Director of Austenland

Women and Hollywood spoke with Austenland writer and director Jerusha Hess.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Only Counting on Women for Austenland

Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has made a calculated decision that the audience for the upcoming Jerusha Hess (who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite) directed film will be predominantly women. They are so sure of the decision that their marketing plan is focused only on women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 22, 2013 10:54 AM
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Trailer Watch: Austenland - Directed by Jerusha Hess

Jerusha Hess's feature debut, Austenland, follows the very single Jane (Keri Russell) who has been obsessed with the works of Jane Austen since she was young. However, her status as Jane's Austen fangirl has been detrimental to her finding a guy.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 11, 2013 11:10 AM
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