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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

Celebrate the 18th Anniversary of Amy Heckerling's Clueless

I remember watching Clueless for the first time when I was in 5th grade. It was immediately my favorite movie because I wanted all of Cher's clothes, her electronic wardrobe and thought Paul Rudd was super dreamy.
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  • July 19, 2013 4:30 PM
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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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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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  • 88 Comments

Happy 100th Birthday Universal Pictures

I get a ton of press releases.  Most of them I don't even read.  This week I got a release about the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures that was made up of 100 fun facts. Not too many of the facts included women so I asked the press folks to give me some important facts regarding Universal Pictures and women, especially women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 3, 2012 11:36 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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