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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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Redemption Trail Director Britta Sjogren Talks About Her Modern-Day, Northern Californian Feminist Western

"It was interesting to think about how to recast the men as representatives of hearth and home, whereas the women are wary of the loss of freedom that comes with commitment."
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:31 PM
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The Bad Girls of American Horror Story: TV's Most "Unlikeable" Women

At the American Horror Story: Coven premiere last weekend, Women and Hollywood asked creator Ryan Murphy how he goes about creating such complex and interesting female characters for the show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: American Horror Story: Coven - Starring Jessica Lange

The next chapter in the horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, boasts an insanely talented female cast from American Horror Story veterans like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe to new additions who also happen to be some of the great actresses working today like Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Angela Bassett.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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Julia Stiles Playing Frances Marion in Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First'

Julia Stiles has just signed on to play screenwriter Frances Marion in Jennifer DeLia’s The First, which is based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 6, 2013 12:00 PM
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