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 Sapphires DVD Cover Controversy

The Sapphires, which was released earlier this year, is about the true story of four indigenous women from Australia who are discovered by a talent scout and are sent to Vietnam to perform for the troops. It's a film, we loved because of its smart look at racial issues and feel good spirit.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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Guest Post: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Gender Equality?

As an Australian I've long believed that my home country's industry was a bit more progressive than America's. For instance, our homegrown annual awards formerly known as the Australian Film Institute Awards recognised their first female director winner way back in 1979 with Gillian Armstrong for the classic My Brilliant Career.
  • By Glenn Dunks
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  • August 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Interview with Deborah Mailman - Star of The Sapphires

The ads for The Sapphires might feature Chris O'Dowd but the second you sit down for the Sapphires, you will know that reality the movie is not about him. The movie is the true story about how four aboriginal young women from Australia wound up playing for US troops in Vietnam. While this might not seem like a feel good or beat sounding film, I assure you it is. It's got a great soundtrack and is one of the most feel good movies I've seen in a long time. It touches on issues of race in Australia about how aborigines were treated wrapped up in the Vietnam war and all the politics surrounding it. At the heart are these four women who love to sing and who just want to make something out of their lives. O'Dowd plays the drunk who becomes their manager and helps them negotiate Vietnam.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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