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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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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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Lake Bell's Directorial Debut, In A World..., Smartly Examines Industry Sexism

Lake Bell's directorial debut, In A World…, is a hilarious and uncomfortable look into how deeply sexism can plague an industry. She stars as Carol Solomon, a struggling voice-over artist, who does vocal coaching to make ends meet.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: In A World... Written, Directed and Starring Lake Bell

Lake Bell's directorial debut came out strong from Sundance with great reviews and winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Finally, we've now got a trailer for the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 14, 2013 10:00 AM
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Lake Bell's In A World Gets Post-Sundance Pick Up

Lake Bell’s directorial debut In A World finally got a post-Sundance pick up by Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. This was one of our favorite movies at Sundance. It was smart, totally different (the world of voice over artists!) and totally feminist. The message was subtle, but the point was clear, why do men have to be the "voice of god" in movies? It's about having and owning your voice.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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