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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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Women and Hollywood

Trailer Watch: Abigail Breslin is the Final Girl

The hunted becomes the hunter.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 24, 2014 1:42 PM
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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.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 31, 2013 5:00 PM
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Examining the "Woman Anxiety" Problem in The Exorcist

William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) has been a horror classic for the past 40 years, often referred to as one of the scariest films of all time, and an Oscar winner to boot.
  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 31, 2013 12:30 PM
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There's a New "Final Girl" in the House--and She's a Beast: A Review of You're Next

You're Next is sick, and I mean sick like "disgusting" and sick like "badass" because somewhere in my 34-year-old brain, I'm also 12. (Ed Note: There are some spoilers for You're Next in this review)
  • By Stephanie Rogers
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  • October 23, 2013 3:00 PM
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