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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

Interview with Jerusha Hess - Writer and Director of Austenland

Women and Hollywood spoke with Austenland writer and director Jerusha Hess.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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August Film Preview

It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 30, 2013 12:30 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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Trailer Watch: Austenland - Directed by Jerusha Hess

Jerusha Hess's feature debut, Austenland, follows the very single Jane (Keri Russell) who has been obsessed with the works of Jane Austen since she was young. However, her status as Jane's Austen fangirl has been detrimental to her finding a guy.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 11, 2013 11:10 AM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Sundance Watch: Austenland - Directed by Jerusha Hess

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 26, 2013 10:38 AM
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Sundance Deals: Jerusha Hess and Stacie Passon Get Distribution Deals

Jerusha Hess’s directorial debut, Austenland, was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for around $4 million. The film, which stars Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, follows a woman who is obsessed with a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice to a Jane Austen themed resort to see if she can find her own personal Mr. Darcy. Hess co-wrote the script with Shannon Hale. Hess had previously co-written cult hit Napoleon Dynamite with her husband, Jared Hess.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 22, 2013 11:30 AM
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