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

Female Film Industry Heavyweights Support Fledgling Female Directors

Jane Campion, Helen Mirren, and Sienna Miller are among the participants of a wonderful new initiative to highlight the next generation of female filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 7, 2014 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Just Like a Woman - Written by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot

Just Like a Woman, written by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot, follows two friends--Marilyn (Sienna Miller) and Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) who are both dealing with some upheavals in their lives. The pair decides to travel from their home of Chicago to Santa Fe to compete in a bellydancing competition.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: HBO's The Girl

HBO has released a chilling full trailer for The Girl starring Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Gwyneth Hughes, The Girl looks at Hedren and Hitchcock's on-set relationship during the filming of The Birds. As we reported, during the HBO TCA panel for the film, Tippi Hedren openly discussed how Hitchcock sexually harassed her. The Girl will premiere on HBO on October 20th. This is not one to miss.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2012 8:12 AM
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The Director of the "Greatest" Film of All Time Was A Sexual Harasser

Last week as the film world was celebrating the elevation of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo to the top of the once a decade Sight and Sound list of "Greatest Films of All Time", the leading actress in two of his films Tippi Hedren (The Birds and Marnie) was at the annual Television Critics Association event in California talking about how Alfred Hitchcock sexually harassed her.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 6, 2012 1:02 PM
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