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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

Reading Ellen Page's Sexuality

Analyzing Ellen Page's coming out narrative.
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • May 13, 2014 12:00 PM
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Ellen Page Comes Out, Will Play Julianne Moore's Lesbian Partner in Freeheld

A noticeably nervous and emotional Page gave a heartfelt nine-minute speech, thanking the activists in the room for their courage and support and declaring, "I'm tired of hiding, and I'm tired of lying by omission."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 12:20 PM
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Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will be playing sisters in Patricia Rozema's upcoming Into the Forest.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2013 12:30 PM
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Ellen Page in Talks to Star in Queen and Country

Ellen Page is in talks to star in Queen and Country based on the comic by Greg Rucka.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2013 1:15 PM
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Sundance Rerun: Interview with Lynn Shelton - Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about a brother and sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 9:00 AM
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Ellen Page and Toni Collette Talk Feminism

More and more as of late, we've been seeing actresses talking about the lack of great female roles, the sexism within the industry and outrightly discussing feminism. In recent interviews, Ellen Page and Toni Collette both discuss labeling themselves as feminists.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 11:00 AM
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Ellen Page on Strong Female Characters and Feminist Porn

In a Reddit AMA, Ellen Page answered questions from fans on numerous subjects including finding female roles in Hollywood. Page's latest role is in The East, about an anarchist group, which is co-written by Brit Marling.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for The East - Co-Written by and Starring Brit Marling

As the trailers for The East continue to roll out and with its recent outing at SXSW, the buzz for Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's tense thriller is growing.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 1, 2013 4:00 PM
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Barbra Streisand, Ellen Page Directing New Films

After yesterday’s news that Melissa McCarthy would be directing her first feature, more news about upcoming women directed films has been announced. The legendary Barbra Streisand will be directing a new project.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 8, 2013 12:46 PM
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Sundance Interview with Lynn Shelton – Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about about a brother a sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone. The film is about conections and about intimacy and stars the incomparable Rosemarie DeWitt as a massseuse who developes an aversion to touching with a terrific performance by Josh Pais as her brother who begins healing through his touch.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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