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

Krysten Ritter on the Life She Could've Led in Her New Film "Refuge"

Ritter also discusses her favorite female performances of all time and her evolution from a small-town girl to a Hollywood actress, writer, and producer of films about empowered, unconventional women.
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  • March 27, 2014 2:13 PM
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Krysten Ritter, Margo Martindale and Melanie Lynskey Nab New Pilots

Some of our favorite underappreciated actresses have been cast in pilots for the upcoming Fall TV season. The hilarious Krysten Ritter of the dearly departed Apartment 23 has been cast as the lead in Leslye Headland’s Assistance, a talent combination that is almost too perfect. The terrific Margo Martindale has been cast in a new CBS comedy pilot and Melanie Lynskey has landed a role in the new HBO comedy from the Duplass Brothers.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 28, 2013 11:15 AM
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Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

This was originally posted on April 9, 2012. Vamps is in theaters now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 3, 2012 5:34 AM
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Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling has made some serious classic films in her career namely Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. She was in NY this past weekend screening Clueless and her new film Vamps at the Lena Dunham curated program at BAM, Hey Girlfriend. Vamps is about vampires living in contemporary NYC starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2012 12:16 PM
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Guest Post: Bitch? Please.

I couldn’t sleep the other night so I decided to get into the new ABC series Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (It had been pre-released online in advance on its April 11th network premiere). When that was over, I started on the new Texas housewife comedy GCB. By the time I’d gotten through both series’ pilots, I still couldn’t nod off, only now I was up because I was good and mad.
  • By Emilie Spiegel
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  • March 29, 2012 10:45 AM
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