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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Watch: Kimberly Peirce Encourages the Next Generation of AFI Women Directors

"Every time we get hired, every time we work, every time we push back, we make change."
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  • May 6, 2014 2:00 PM
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AFI's Directing Workshop for Women Turns Forty; Kimberly Peirce to Deliver Keynote

An interview with AFI's Director Workshop for Women head Patty West on the program's 40th anniversary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 AM
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Why Judd Apatow Directing Amy Schumer in Trainwreck is a Great Thing

Amy Schumer "Inside Amy Schumer"
Apatow is a boy's man, but, unlike so many of the male movers and shakers in Hollywood, he's also remaking himself into a women's mentor.
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  • January 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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The Big O: Oscar Didn't Always Have a Horror Problem

There is a new Carrie in town. She has access to the Internet now and her high-school tormentors use their smart phones to broadcast her shower-scene to even greater embarrassment. But the wallflower is up to her old telekinetic tricks, pulling off a prom massacre at an even great body count than in the 1976 original.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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"It Reaches the Level of Myth" - An Interview with Kimberly Peirce - Director of Carrie

Kimberly Peirce is taking a stab at reimagining one of the most iconic horror classics, Carrie, which arguably stars one of the best horror heroines in the genre.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 17, 2013 2:00 PM
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October Film Preview

Here's a preview of what you should mark your calendars for in October.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Kimberly Peirce: "How Many More Movies Could I Have Made?"

Yesterday, the NY Times Magazine featured a profile of director Kimberly Peirce as she readies the release of the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for Kimberly Peirce's Carrie

The second trailer for Kimberly Peirce's upcoming remake of the horror classic, Carrie, gives even more glimpses at how Peirce will interpret the classic scenes from the original.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 10:30 AM
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Fall 2013 Preview - The Women

Entertainment Weekly released its annual Fall Preview issue and so we thought it was time to do an overview of the women directed and women centric movies coming out over the next several months.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 13, 2013 12:15 PM
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Kimberly Peirce's Carrie and Diablo Cody's Paradise Go Head to Head on October 18th

It's not like we get that many women directed films so it is always baffling films -- especially such high profile films like Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie and Oscar winner Diablo Cody's directorial debut Paradise -- will open on the same weekend. Granted they are different kinds of movies in different genres, but still, it's hard enough to get people to see one women directed film on a weekend, let alone two.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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