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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

Navigating Hollywood's Cutthroat Corners with Ms. in the Biz

Helenna Santos-Levy launched her online magazine, Ms. in the Biz, just six months ago, with the simple goal of connecting women working in Hollywood with one another. Today it has 61,000 readers in 151 different countries.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • November 7, 2013 11:30 AM
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Summer's Final Thoughts: Wonder Woman, Strong Women, Indie Women and All the Women in Between

This summer will be remembered for, among other things, the fact that male superheroes and male non superheroes were practically all the we saw onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2013 2:30 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Huff Post Live: Where Did the Women Go

I participated in a Huff Post Live conversation yesterday with some great folks including producer Lynda Obst about the lack of women on screen this summer. Check out our conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Only Counting on Women for Austenland

Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has made a calculated decision that the audience for the upcoming Jerusha Hess (who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite) directed film will be predominantly women. They are so sure of the decision that their marketing plan is focused only on women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 22, 2013 10:54 AM
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Girls Are More Than Just Princesses

As we've reported about before, images aimed at young girls in the media don't have much variety. As The Geena Davis Institute in Media has researched only 28.3% of speaking roles in family films are female and rarely are they in positions of power.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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Could Middle of Nowhere Be a Game Changer?

I had the privilege last week of attending the LA Film Festival gala of Middle of Nowhere written and directed by Ava Duvernay.  If you recall, Ava is the first African American woman to win the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival which premiered the film this past January.  Unlike most film festival events I've been to, this audience was predominantly an audience of color and it was beautiful to be a part of especially when Elvis Mitchell who ran the post screening q and a said "hello black people and all the rest of you."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 26, 2012 12:33 PM
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Interview with Pink Ribbons Director Lea Pool and Producer Ravida Din

This is a repost of an interview with the director Lea Pool and producer Ravida Din of the terrific and anger producing documentary Pink Ribbons that was conducted shortly after last fall's Toronto Film Festival.  The film opens in the US tomorrow.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 31, 2012 9:02 AM
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Will The Hunger Games Be The First Real Female Franchise?

In a little less than two days the film based on the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy will hit the big screen.  Already over 2,000 screenings on Thursday night are sold out and theatres are adding 3am screenings to accomodate the huge appetite for this film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2012 11:04 AM
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Sundance 2012 Success Story: Ava Duvernay

One of the biggest success stories out of Sundance is Ava Duvernay. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 7:13 AM
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Is Haywire a Game Changer?

I know I am dating myself when I can say that I knew nothing about MMA - mixed martial arts - before I saw the film Haywire.  I'm not the kind of person who tunes in to see women beat each other up in cages or in arenas or quite frankly anywhere.  Not my kind of thing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 19, 2012 11:55 AM
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  • 25 Comments

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