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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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Women and Hollywood

Overcoming Trauma of the Home: Women Gaining Strength in Light of Abuse

Much has been made by media critics of the propensity of horror movies to fetishize the murder of women - to make them victims, suffering at the hands of brutal forces for their sexual sins. The slasher films of the '70s and '80s as well as their '90s sequels allowed audiences the killer's-eye-view of mostly naked women fleeing attack.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 14, 2013 2:15 PM
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Teaser Trailer for HBO Miniseries Parade's End - Directed by Susanna White

Susanna White, director of HBO's Generation Kill, directed the new HBO miniseries, Parade's End, penned by Tom Stoppard.  The series is adapted from a series of 1920s novels by Ford Madox Ford. Starring Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch, the miniseries focuses around a love triangle between a British aristocrat, his socialite wife and a suffragette.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 18, 2013 9:30 AM
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Jessica Chastain Passes on a Part in Iron Man 3

When the news surfaced last week that Jessica Chastain was circling a part in Iron Man 3 I was a bit surprised.  I just doesn't seem to be her type of film.  She does not scream big Hollywood action flick.  Look at her body of work.  Last year she starred in five films and was recognized with an Oscar Nomination for her work in The Help and received many accolades for her work in Take Shelter and for The Tree of Life.  She is basically the "it girl" of the indie world.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2012 12:10 PM
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