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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

Goodbye to Strong Female Characters

We are so over Strong Female Characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 30, 2013 4:35 PM
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  • 7 Comments

Interview with Kai Cole - Producer of Much Ado About Nothing

Women and Hollywood got the chance to speak with Kai Cole, producer of Much Ado About Nothing (and Whedon's wife) about how the pair made the film a reality, shooting in their own home and collaborating with their friends.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 21, 2013 12:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Feminist of the Day: Joss Whedon on Lack of Female Superheroes

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite female characters in his television and films. In a conversation with The Daily Beast, Whedon was asked why there's such a lack of female superheroes on film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Hollywood Gets Political

With only eight days left before the upcoming Presidential election, more and more of our favorite actors, writers and directors are releasing content in support of Obama. We’ll continue to post interesting political pieces in the remaining days to the election.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2012 1:22 PM
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