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

SXSW Women Directors: Meet Leigh Janiak

"I wanted to tell an intimate, grounded genre story."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 6, 2014 11:00 AM
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Death Walks in High Heels: The Silent Avenger of Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45

In recent years there has been a surge of renewed appreciation for the rape-revenge film, but the essential one is 'Ms. 45.'
  • By Kier-La Janisse
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  • December 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron to Contribute to All-Female Horror Anthology

Dark Sky's announcement that it is compiling a horror anthology called XX with only female directors and protagonists is welcome news. Variety reports: "The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron Karyn Kusama, sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska and Jovanka Vuckovic."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 3:00 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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"Fear Teaches Us A Lot About Ourselves" - An Interview with Ginger Snaps Writer Karen Walton

As we've explored in this month's horror series, there's a lot--both good and bad--to discuss when it comes to the intersection of horror, women and feminism. One movie that continues to come up in feminist horror discussion is Ginger Snaps.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 31, 2013 3:14 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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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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Ripley: Believe it or Not, It's About All That

When Women and Hollywood asked me if I wanted to do a couple of guest posts on horror movies, I jumped at the chance. Like Kerensa Cadenas mentioned in her introduction to the series, I have an abiding fascination with horror movies and the way they manage to articulate seemingly inarticulable fears.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 30, 2013 4:10 PM
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Turning Ash into Mia: Changing the Gender of One of Horror's Most Iconic Characters

In the past few years, horror films have seen more than their fair share of sequels, remakes and reimaginings. As a genre, it's been particularly hospitable to distinctive, memorable characters, allowing for easy reinvention, as well as an affinity for ending movies with an inconclusive twitch of the supposedly dead villain's finger.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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The Horror of Little Girls and Social Anxiety About Women

Horror films frequently provide commentary on the social fears and anxieties of their time. A universally recognized truth of horror is that children can be terrifying–especially little girls. The fact that images of young girls have continued terrifying audiences through the decades is indicative of social fears surrounding women's power.
  • By Leigh Kolb
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  • October 28, 2013 3:35 PM
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