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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Blockbusters with Young Action Heroines Mean Pink Weapons for Girls

The New York Times credits the success of films like "The Hunger Games," "Brave," and "Divergent" for increasing the popularity of toy guns and archery kits in every shade of pink and purple.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 1:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

The Marginalization of Women's Stories During The Summer Movie Season

The summer movie season kicked off this weekend with gusto with the record breaking $200 million opening of The Avengers.   I joined the throngs on Friday afternoon for a showing and there was much excitement in the theatre.  Just to give you a sense of the excitement, when the credits rolled at the beginning, people clapped. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 7, 2012 1:00 PM
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  • 13 Comments

Trailer Watch: Brave

Looks like this will be Pixar's one shot at a film about a girl because they released the list of the next couple of movies and NONE are about women and NONE are directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 25, 2012 9:32 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Rocking Comment from Brave Director Brenda Chapman

I just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing the comments on the site this week.  While I might not be the biggest responder to comments, I do read each and every one and try to comment on the ones that need answers.  I love the fact that you all talk to each other.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 30, 2012 11:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Trailer Watch: Brave

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 1, 2012 10:47 AM
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  • 1 Comment

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