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

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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Jessica Chastain to Star in The Zookeeper's Wife

Jessica Chastain has just signed on to star in The Zookeeper's Wife, an adaptation of Diane Ackerman's novel, that will be directed by Whale Rider director Niki Caro.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 2, 2013 3:50 PM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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