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

Feminist Filmmaking Means NC-17 Rating from MPAA

Director Jill Soloway gave a wonderfully insightful interview to Flavorwire yesterday about the crude double standards at work at the MPAA.
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  • December 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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Interview with Jill Soloway - Writer and Director of Afternoon Delight

Women and Hollywood got the chance to interview Jill Soloway about her film Afternoon Delight, which she wrote and directed. Afternoon Delight opens in theaters on August 30th.
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  • August 23, 2013 2:00 PM
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Listless Women and Life Realizations in The Lifeguard and Afternoon Delight

Entering into the late twenties--one becomes increasingly accustomed to seeing life's so-called major plot points swelling around them...
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  • August 23, 2013 12:15 PM
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August Film Preview

It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Afternoon Delight - Directed by Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway's directorial debut, Afternoon Delight, was a big hit out of Sundance with great reviews and winning the Dramatic Directing Award.
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  • July 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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Sundance: Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight Gets Pick Up from Film Arcade and Cinedigm

After winning the U.S. Dramatic Directing award for her film Afternoon Delight, Jill Soloway's Sundance film has finally got picked up by Film Arcade and Cinedigm.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 13, 2013 11:00 AM
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Sundance Watch: Afternoon Delight - Directed and Written by Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight, premiered the other day at Sundance. The film centers around a thirtysomething couple (the hilarious Kathryn Hahn and Josh Radnor) living in the Los Angeles hipster neighborhood Silver Lake dealing with a stale marriage, boredom, and parenting issues.  Throw in letting a sex worker/stripper (Juno Temple) live in their house and the powderkeg is ready to explode.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Anticipating Sundance: Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

The happy glow has still not worn off the news that women directors have achieved gender parity in the US dramatic and documentary competitions. (But we must also remember that women are still not there in any of the other categories.) Women directors became the story. Here are some of the headlines: From USA Today: Women directors rule over Sundance Film Festival 2013. From the LA Times: Sundance Film Festival: Female directors take dramatic step forward.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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