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

Guest Post: Who Says There Are No Women Onscreen This Summer? Susan Seidelman's The Hot Flashes Hits Theatres This Weekend

The best surprise of this summer is Susan Seidelman's new film The Hot Flashes, opening in selected theaters on July 12 and starring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim. This film is a hilarious comedy with moments of truth that make it more than just a feel-good summer movie.
  • By Maria Giese
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  • July 10, 2013 11:20 AM
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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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Trailer Watch: The Hot Flashes - Directed by Susan Seidelman

The Hot Flashes, directed by Susan Seidelman, follows a group of middle-aged women, all former high school basketball champions, who take up the basketball after many years and challenge the current high school team to raise awareness and funds for a mobile breast cancer service van.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 9:58 AM
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Remembering Nora Ephron: Talking About Women Directors

This is from an interview circa 1988 that Hollywood Reporter journalist Tim Appelo did for Savvy Magazine about the troubles Nora Ephron had in trying to get the film Cookie made.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Interview with Susan Seidelman - Director of Musical Chairs

Susan Seidelman returns to the big screen with the Musical Chairs a love story set in the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing.  It's got something for everyone.  It's got class issues, gender issues, issues reated to disability, race issues all wrapped up in a deeply felt star crossed love story.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 23, 2012 12:11 PM
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Trailer Watch: Musical Chairs - Directed by Susan Seidelman

Film Opens March 23.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 15, 2012 9:15 AM
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