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

Trailer Watch: Chloe Grace Moretz in If I Stay

Life-or-death situations are rarely as literal as the one teenage Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) faces: Should she live or die?
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  • April 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Lynn Shelton's Laggies Sold at Sundance

Two days after its Friday premiere at Sundance, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Lynn Shelton's arrested-development dramedy "Laggies" had been bought by A24.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Big O: Oscar Didn't Always Have a Horror Problem

There is a new Carrie in town. She has access to the Internet now and her high-school tormentors use their smart phones to broadcast her shower-scene to even greater embarrassment. But the wallflower is up to her old telekinetic tricks, pulling off a prom massacre at an even great body count than in the 1976 original.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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"It Reaches the Level of Myth" - An Interview with Kimberly Peirce - Director of Carrie

Kimberly Peirce is taking a stab at reimagining one of the most iconic horror classics, Carrie, which arguably stars one of the best horror heroines in the genre.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 17, 2013 2:00 PM
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Kimberly Peirce: "How Many More Movies Could I Have Made?"

Yesterday, the NY Times Magazine featured a profile of director Kimberly Peirce as she readies the release of the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for Kimberly Peirce's Carrie

The second trailer for Kimberly Peirce's upcoming remake of the horror classic, Carrie, gives even more glimpses at how Peirce will interpret the classic scenes from the original.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 10:30 AM
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Jenna Elfman to Host Women in Film 2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards June 12

Actress Jenna Elfman who will return to TV next season as the First Lady in the comedy 1600 Penn will be the host of the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards. If I lived in LA I would so be at this event supporting the work of Women in Film. It's one of the rare occasions to celebrate women in the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 7, 2012 1:53 PM
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Guest Post: What It Feels Like for a Girl

The drama Hick has been generating controversy for its depiction of young teen Luli McMullen’s journey into adolescence. Andrea Portes, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of her novel, responds to this criticism with insights into the female teen character played by Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • By Andrea Portes
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  • May 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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The Politics of Hit Girl

There aren't many times when I go to a movie and I leave speechless. But that did happen to me recently when I saw the film Kick Ass. For those of you that don't know, the film is about an average to slightly nerdy comic book loving kid who decides that he can be his own type of superhero. He dresses up in a wet suit and heads out into the street to save some people. The film is based on the comic book by Mark Millar, is written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (the pair the brought us the underappreciated Stardust) and directed by Vaughn.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 12, 2010 11:00 AM
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