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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

Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Odes to Female Friendships Rule The Weekend with Katie Aselton's Black Rock and Frances Ha

This weekend, two very different films that explore the intricacies of female friendships are hitting theaters (and VOD) near you: Katie Aselton's thriller Black Rock and Noah Baumbach's wry Frances Ha.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 17, 2013 2:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Black Rock - Directed by Katie Aselton

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 5, 2012 9:10 AM
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Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 10:00 AM
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Two Women Directed Films Get Deals

Magnolia PIctures has picked up the documentary Queen of Versailles by Lauren Greenfield. Here's the description: the film "tells the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple who began building the largest home in America before the housing crash put the couple's fortune in jeopardy."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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Cross-Post: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.
  • By Kathleen Sweeney
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  • January 20, 2012 9:48 AM
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