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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Questions of Queer Identity, Coming of Age and Loss of Self in Blue is the Warmest Color

There's no doubt when Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color hits theaters today it will cause controversy. The movie has already experienced both the praise and backlash of both critics and its own director and lead actresses.
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  • October 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Blue is the Warmest Color

There's been no lack of discussion about Blue is the Warmest Color despite the fact that it hasn't even hit theaters yet.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 20, 2013 3:30 PM
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Blue is the Warmest Color International Trailer Hits

Palme d'Or winning film, the controversial, Blue is the Warmest Color will also play at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. The film about two young lesbians won the top award at Cannes but was denounced by Julia Maroh who wrote the graphic novel Blue Angel that the film was based upon.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 19, 2013 11:31 AM
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Blue is the Warmest Color Wins Palme D'Or at Cannes

On a day where there was a march in Paris against gay marriage that turned violent (same sex marriage becomes legal in France on Wednesday), the three hour lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2) starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux directed by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche took the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won the FIPRESCI prize which is a prize from international critics.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 26, 2013 7:15 PM
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