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

Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis: "The Movie Industry is Failing Women"

In response to the paltry showing of women directors among studio and indie films, New York Times chief film critic Manohla Dargis said, "The movie industry is failing women. And until the industry starts making serious changes, nothing is going to change."
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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Lake Bell's Directorial Debut, In A World..., Smartly Examines Industry Sexism

Lake Bell's directorial debut, In A World…, is a hilarious and uncomfortable look into how deeply sexism can plague an industry. She stars as Carol Solomon, a struggling voice-over artist, who does vocal coaching to make ends meet.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Film and TV News Round Up for August 2nd: Lake Bell's Next Project, SXSW Short to Lifetime and Sarah Hyland to Produce

Here's a news round up of some of the most notable television and film news from the past couple days.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 2, 2013 4:00 PM
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August Film Preview

It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2013 12:30 PM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: In A World... Written, Directed and Starring Lake Bell

Lake Bell's directorial debut came out strong from Sundance with great reviews and winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Finally, we've now got a trailer for the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 14, 2013 10:00 AM
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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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Lake Bell On Women Directors: If You Happen to Have a Vagina, That's Okay

Lake Bell, director of the anticipated summer film In A World, spoke in an interview for her latest film that she acts in, Black Rock, directed by Katie Aselton, about being a woman director in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 23, 2013 1:30 PM
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Lake Bell's In A World Gets Post-Sundance Pick Up

Lake Bell’s directorial debut In A World finally got a post-Sundance pick up by Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. This was one of our favorite movies at Sundance. It was smart, totally different (the world of voice over artists!) and totally feminist. The message was subtle, but the point was clear, why do men have to be the "voice of god" in movies? It's about having and owning your voice.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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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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