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

Interview: Callie Khouri on Female Likability and Nashville's Upcoming Guest Stars

The "Nashville" creator speaks with Melissa Silverstein about what to expect in the second half of her show's sophomore year, the demand for female likability, and the one women-directed film that's been shut out of Oscar season this year.
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  • January 14, 2014 1:33 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis: "The Movie Industry is Failing Women"

In response to the paltry showing of women directors among studio and indie films, New York Times chief film critic Manohla Dargis said, "The movie industry is failing women. And until the industry starts making serious changes, nothing is going to change."
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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Gravity Has Biggest October Opening in History

Gravity hit big at the box office over the weekend, grossing much more than was predicted for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic starring Sandra Bullock.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said Dominates the Specialty Box Office

Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, open in limited release this past weekend to critical praise. That praise paid off because Holofcener's latest dominated the specialty box office.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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Interview with Nicole Holofcener - Writer and Director of Enough Said

A Toronto International Film Festival sit down with Nicole Holofcener, writer and director of Enough Said. In theatres now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 20, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Enough Said - Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener's latest Enough Said will premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival before hitting theaters.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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