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

Lego Movie Sequel Director Regretful Original Film Fails Bechdel Test, Wants to Do Better

"We were always constantly saying to ourselves, 'Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?'"
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Play Sisters in New Film

Fey and Poehler return home for one last crazy weekend before their parents sell their house.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 9, 2014 11:00 AM
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UK's Channel 4 Exec Tessa Ross Becomes Head of National Theatre

Ross has been called "the mother of British filmmaking."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 12:14 PM
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Wadjda Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Announces Next Project

"A Storm in the Stars" will focus on the 18-year-old novelist Mary Shelley's tumultuous relationship with the married poet Percy Shelley and her work of writing "Frankenstein."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Reese Witherspoon Bets on Kimberly McCreight as Next YA Sensation

"The Outliers" follows a young woman searching for her missing best friend.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 17, 2014 2:00 PM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson to Adapt Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch made The New York Times Book Review's top ten books of 2013.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 10, 2014 1:12 PM
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Producer Gigi Pritzker Lands $50 Mil in Financing

Her company, OddLot Entertainment, recently funded "Drive," "The Way Way Back," and "Ender's Game."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 6, 2014 3:02 PM
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Tina Fey to Produce and Star in Black Comedy About War

Tina Fey's not playing it safe.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 21, 2014 11:00 AM
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Meryl Streep to Join Carey Mulligan in Suffragette

Which is wonderful news, but leads us to wonder why there aren't a lot more movies about suffragettes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 20, 2014 1:34 PM
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Ricki Lake to Explore Dangers of Hormonal Birth Control in New Doc

"In the fifty years since its release, the birth control pill has become synonymous with women's liberation and has been thought of as some sort of miracle drug," say Lake and Abby Epstein. "But now it's making women sick."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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