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

Interview with Jerusha Hess - Writer and Director of Austenland

Women and Hollywood spoke with Austenland writer and director Jerusha Hess.
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  • August 16, 2013 2:00 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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Cross Post: The Host: Less Anti-Feminist than Twilight, but Hardly a Sisterhood Manifesta

I readily admit I did not read The Host. I couldn't face it after immersing myself in all things Twilight while researching my book Seduced by Twilight. I started it, but less than 20 pages in I couldn't stomach any more of Stephenie Meyer's purple, flaccid prose. No, I agree with Nicki Gerlach--that "Meyer is not a particularly concise or elegant writer, never saying in one sentence what she could hammer at for three."
  • By Natalie Wilson
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  • April 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Trailer for The Host - Starring Saoirse Ronan

Based on Stephenie Meyer's non-Twilight novel, The Host follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) whose body is taken over by invading aliens (led by Diane Kruger). Instead of succumbing to the alien soul in her body, Melanie and "Wanda," set out to set the humans of the world free instead of destroying earth.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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9 Women Included on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Authors

The Hollywood Reporter announced their inaugural list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. They based the selection of living authors on how successful they’ve been in getting their work adapted for the screen, their success in publishing and both their Hollywood and cultural clout.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Host - Based on Stephenie Meyer's Novel

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 15, 2012 9:29 AM
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