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

Julie Delpy to Direct a Sixth Feature

A family of vaudeville performers make a movie during their road trip across America in "A Dazzling Display of Splendor."
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  • February 5, 2014 12:51 PM
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WGA Nominates Women Screenwriters for Dallas Buyers Club, Before Midnight

The Writers Guild of America announced their 2014 award nominees today. Only two female screenwriters -- "Dallas Buyers Club" co-writer Melisa Wallack and "Before Midnight" co-writer/star Julie Delpy -- were honored.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 4:18 PM
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The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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Susanne Bier and Julie Delpy Line Up New Gigs

Susanne Bier and Julie Delpy are in talks for two exciting and high-profile projects.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 14, 2013 11:30 AM
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The LA Times Talks to Three Women Directors - Where is the Female Equivalent of Woody Allen?

Check out the LA Times piece on Ava DuVernay, Jullie Delpy and Leslye Headland.  While things still suck for women directors, it kind of feels like the conversation is shifting.  Maybe I am being too optimistic, but I am forever hopeful.  I will be interested to see the statistics at the end of 2012 to see if any movement has been made.  Here at Women and Hollywood we are keeping track of all the films released directed by women on pinterest.  Right now it is just features.  We will also work on a documentary plage.  Please let us know if we missed any films.  We will update as often as possible.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 10, 2012 1:03 PM
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Trailer Watch: Two Days in New York - Written and Directed by Julie Delpy

This is Delpy's follow-up to 2 Days in Paris. Opens August 10 in theatres.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2012 10:08 AM
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Julie Delpy and Her Love/Hate Relationship with Hollywood

Julie Delpy is no a shrinking violet.  She has many awesome opinions about how Hollywood treats women, which could be one of the reasons why, according to her, she has been fired by every agency in town.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 14, 2012 11:04 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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Good News: Women Directed and Women Written Films Fill Sundance Premiere Section

While there weren't enough films directed and written by women in the competition as I would have hoped, the list of premieres looks at bit different.  Check out the description for Bachelorette- could it be any more like Bridesmaids?  It better be good cause if this starts a trend of more crappy wedding films...
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2011 10:00 AM
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