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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

Trailer Watch: Keira Knightley As You've Never Seen Her Before in Lynn Shelton's Laggies

Knightley doesn't want to accept adulthood in the film that looks like it'll be Shelton's mainstream breakout hit.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 17, 2014 11:08 AM
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Keira Knightley Explains Why She Enjoys Working With Female Directors

"There’s a weird view of femininity [male directors] put into our culture that has nothing to do with the experience of being a woman," Knightley said.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 1, 2014 10:10 AM
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Sundance Women Directors: Lynn Shelton on the Question that Shapes Her Work and the Beauty of Sundance

"I pride myself on taking premises that seem on paper to seem not particularly promising and then making a movie that, once you watch it, you feel, 'Oh yeah. That actually could have happened in real life.'"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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Few Women-Directed Films to Premiere at Sundance

A disappointingly few number of women-directed narrative and nonfiction features will debut at Sundance.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sundance Rerun: Interview with Lynn Shelton - Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about a brother and sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 9:00 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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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 15 Female Directors Who Made Their First Feature After Turning 40

Two weeks ago, this column profiled ten female directors aged 40 or younger . My reasons for imposing an age limit were clearly stated, but it had the unfortunate side effect of excluding an entire demographic from the conversation - one that has a sorry history of receiving such treatment in Hollywood.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • August 12, 2013 11:15 AM
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Anne Hathaway and Chloe Grace Moretz Sign onto Lynn Shelton's Laggies

When Women and Hollywood interviewed Lynn Shelton earlier in the year at Sundance, she mentioned her next project, Laggies, written by Andrea Seigel. Shelton described it about a twentysomething woman, who is passive in her life. When her longtime boyfriend proposes, she freaks out and hides out with her new best friend, a 16 year old girl.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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Sundance Interview with Lynn Shelton – Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about about a brother a sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone. The film is about conections and about intimacy and stars the incomparable Rosemarie DeWitt as a massseuse who developes an aversion to touching with a terrific performance by Josh Pais as her brother who begins healing through his touch.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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