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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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.Email Melissa
"I really admire that George has faced a range of obstacles (internment, discrimination against Asian American actors, being "closeted" for most of his career) throughout his life and that he's remained relentlessly optimistic."
"This film covers his experiences being imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during his youth, his acting career, and his choice to 'come out' later in life and advocate for LGBT civil rights. It's also a romantic comedy!"
"I was always a fan of 'Star Trek: The Original Series.' I was very intrigued and impressed with George when he came out in 2005 at age 68. He instantly became an LGBT spokesperson known for his quick wit and eloquence."