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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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October Horror Series Wrap Up

Throughout October, Women and Hollywood has been examining women in horror--coming of age, lady killers, demon girls, witches, haunted women--in television and film. We've also had the chance to interview awesome women writing and directing some of our favorite feminist horror classics and new talent aspiring to work in the genre.
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  • October 31, 2013 5:00 PM
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Season of the Witch: Conjuring Strength Through Power

It's the season of the witch, both in the sense that it's Halloween, and that supernatural sisters are in the midst of a huge comeback. Meryl Streep's playing the Witch in a movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • October 31, 2013 2:06 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis Putting the Button on Blue

Manohla Dargis has had some issues with the film Blue is the Warmest Color (which did very well at the box office in the US where it opened this weekend) since she saw it back in Cannes in May.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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We are the Weirdos, Mister: Revisiting The Craft

I was eight years old when The Craft came out in 1996. I remember seeing the VHS on the shelves of the video store for years and then finally picking it out when I was in sixth grade.
  • By Dahlia Grossman-Heinze
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  • October 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Diablo Cody on Writing Strong Female Characters

Film School Rejects does a really great interview with Diablo Cody on the release of her directorial debut Paradise. (Side note- Many of the interviews she has done for the release of this film have been stellar.) She is one the best when talking about women's issues in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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LFF Women Directors: Meet Chika Anadu

Chika Anadu's debut feature film, B For Boy, is in competition in the London Film Festival's first feature section. Having delivered two ambitious and acclaimed short films on a similar subject, Chika has delivered an incredibly bold, strong film about what it means to be a woman in modern day Nigeria.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 14, 2013 10:00 AM
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The 33rd Susan B. Anthony Awards

Last night I was one of four people who received a Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC chapter of the National Organization for Women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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The Horror of Coming-of-Age: Subverting the Teen Girl Experience in Film

Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to be watching a horror film.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 10, 2013 11:00 AM
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Nicole Kidman Goes All Feminist at Variety Awards

Nicole Kidman was honored at this year's Variety Power of Women awards for her work with UN Women to advance the rights of women and girls across the world.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2013 12:07 PM
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Introducing October's Women and Horror Series

I grew up being deathly afraid of horror movies. I'd flip quickly through channels that had anything horror related on to prevent nightmares.
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  • October 8, 2013 12:17 PM
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