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

Women Dominate This Year's Olivier Awards

"Chimerica's" Lucy Kirkwood and Lyndsey Turner won Best Play and Best Director, respectively, at the UK's most prestigious theater awards.
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  • April 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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Cannes Workshop to Focus on Women Directors and Screenwriters

The goal of the workshop will be to brainstorm ideas on how to boost female participation in the European film industries.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt Among Baileys Contenders

Six novelists have made the women's literary prize shortlist.
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  • April 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Toni Collette Searches for a Lost Love in Lucky Them

Collette plays a veteran rock journalist who has one last chance to save her job.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
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JK Rowling to Pen Harry Potter Spinoff Trilogy

Rowling will make her screenwriting debut by adapting "´╗┐Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them´╗┐" for the big screen.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 11:24 AM
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Krysten Ritter on the Life She Could've Led in Her New Film "Refuge"

Ritter also discusses her favorite female performances of all time and her evolution from a small-town girl to a Hollywood actress, writer, and producer of films about empowered, unconventional women.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • March 27, 2014 2:13 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Madonna to Adapt Novel by Alice Walker's Daughter

An American tourist in Africa falls for a Kenyan man in Rebecca Walker's "Ade: A Love Story."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 11:39 AM
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Meryl Streep to Star in Jonathan Demme Film Written by Diablo Cody

In "Ricky and the Flash," Streep would play a feckless older mother struggling to reconnect with her grown-up children after abandoning them as children to pursue a rock career.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 11:00 AM
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WGA Lobbying for NY Tax Breaks for Diverse Writers' Rooms

The proposed amendment would offer up to $50,000 in tax breaks to reimburse a female and/or nonwhite writer's fees and salary.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 25, 2014 12:30 PM
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