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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

The Haunting of Hill House and a Sense of Belonging

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more."
  • By Dahlia Grossman-Heinze
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  • October 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Lady Killers: Considering the Female Killer in Horror

In contrast to many other genres, horror films have long been hospitable to the concept of the female hero. From Marion Crane to Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson to Clarice Starling, many of horror's most iconic protagonists have also been women.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 18, 2013 3:30 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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Woman Seeks Revenge: What's the Purpose of the Rape/Revenge Horror Film?

If you want to start a spirited debate amongst horror fans, a sure fire topic to bring up is the infamous rape/revenge sub-genre probably best known because of movies like Meir Zarchi's 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave (originally titled: Day of the Woman) or Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left from 1972.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 15, 2013 2:30 PM
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Overcoming Trauma of the Home: Women Gaining Strength in Light of Abuse

Much has been made by media critics of the propensity of horror movies to fetishize the murder of women - to make them victims, suffering at the hands of brutal forces for their sexual sins. The slasher films of the '70s and '80s as well as their '90s sequels allowed audiences the killer's-eye-view of mostly naked women fleeing attack.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 14, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Bad Girls of American Horror Story: TV's Most "Unlikeable" Women

At the American Horror Story: Coven premiere last weekend, Women and Hollywood asked creator Ryan Murphy how he goes about creating such complex and interesting female characters for the show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2013 12:19 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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