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

Looking Back at 2012: Some of Our Favorite Pieces of the Year

Looking back over the last year we are some of our favorite and buzz worthy pieces that ran on the site. We think they are a great overview of what went on for women in and around Hollywood in 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 27, 2012 10:41 AM
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Women's Films Opening - May 25

Films About Women Now Playing
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 25, 2012 12:30 PM
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Hollywood Feminists of the Day: Chris O'Dowd and Jon Hamm - The Guys from Friends with Kids

It's not very often that I think about a movie several weeks after I've seen it, but I have had Friends with Kids on my mind.  The more I think about it, the more I like it.  It's just an adult film that's funny.  One that Hollywood rarely makes anymore and when it does, it usually isn't done this well.  It's a small film with big stars and you really get to see them at the top of their form.  So get on out and support it when it comes to your neighborhood as part of the mission of supporting women directed films.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 20, 2012 11:07 AM
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Interview with Jennifer Westfeldt - Writer and Director of Friends With Kids

I think women should support each other's work, encourage each other's work, help develop each other's voices and I think, ultimately, when we can stop having the conversation about 'women filmmakers', and just talk about 'filmmakers', then we'll know we've really gotten somewhere.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 10, 2012 10:25 AM
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Friends With Kids - Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

What's interesting about Friends with Kids is that Jennifer Westfeldt has the skills to make a film feel subversive and mainstream at the same time.  The story she tells (which she also produces and directs) is about best friends who want a kid even though they haven't found the partners they want to parent with.  They decide to parent with each other much to the chagrin of their friends who are going down the conventional road.  She asks questions through the different couples about whether the norm is normal, whether you need to find a soul mate to raise a child, what is a soul mate, and whether you stay together for the sake of the kids when you are miserable.  She also shows how hard it is to find a mate in NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 9, 2012 10:25 AM
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Trailer Watch: Friends With Kids Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2012 11:00 AM
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