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 Hobbit Gets Some Female Power with Evangeline Lilly

The next installment in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy is already being anticipated and Entertainment Weekly got a sneak peek at a brand new female character played by Evangeline Lilly.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 6, 2013 12:00 PM
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Fran Walsh Steps Out

You can't watch Hitchcock without thinking what life would be like had Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife lived today. From the film you see how much a partner she is in life (expected) and in work (unexpected). She was a master editor and screenwriter and according to the film was the one who suggested the game changing use of music in the Psycho shower scene. But she worked at a time when women were not in the spotlight and her contributions had been unknown to the public until resurrected by Sacha Gervasi and Helen Mirren in the recent movie. Seeing Alma and Hitchcock on screen is one big reason to check out the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 4, 2012 2:00 PM
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