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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

The 33rd Susan B. Anthony Awards

Last night I was one of four people who received a Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC chapter of the National Organization for Women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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Interview with Karen Croner - Writer of Admission

Women and Hollywood: I read that you started in the documentary world? Can you talk about how you shifted into writing?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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Admission Gives Us Some Real Feminism On Screen

Comedies today seem to always go for the broadest, raunchiest laughs. The audience is not trusted to get the comedic nuances in everyday life. That is not the case with the new film Admission written by Karen Croner, directed by Paul Weitz and based on the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 10:39 AM
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Trailer Watch: Admission Written by Karen Croner, Starring Tina Fey

Tina Fey stars in Admission, adapted by Karen Croner from a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a film that looks to be more of a dramatic foray for Fey. She plays a college admissions officer who receives a call from a high school teacher (Paul Rudd) who believes a student of his may be the son she gave up for adoption when she was in college.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 20, 2012 12:29 PM
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Three Female Screenwriters Considered for Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation

We previously reported that the producing duo from The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would be producing the film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and we hoped that this duo would do right by women this time around in both their writing and directing choices.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2012 10:16 AM
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