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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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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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Best Women-Centric Films of 2013

2013 was another execrable year for female filmmakers, but it was a pretty great one for actresses.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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Clio Barnard Only Sight & Sound-Approved Woman Director

Director Clio Barnard must be tired of collecting awards by now. Here's another for her scrapbook: her debut narrative feature, The Selfish Giant, landed on film magazine Sight & Sound's top-ten list.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis Putting the Button on Blue

Manohla Dargis has had some issues with the film Blue is the Warmest Color (which did very well at the box office in the US where it opened this weekend) since she saw it back in Cannes in May.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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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.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and the Real Problem With Male Filmmakers and Female Sexuality

I am a man, and this is an article concerning female sexuality, at least in part. I feel that should be noted immediately, lest anyone take it as an unnoticed irony rather than a relevant starting point. While I don't see my gender as fatally problematic either to the authorship of this article or this column in general, it is far from irrelevant.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • October 21, 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 Author Slams Sex Scenes in Film Adaptation

Everyone has been buzzing about Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color throughout all of Cannes and even more since its win of the coveted Palme d'Or. The three hour lesbian drama, received the prize the same day that anti-gay marriage protests, which was legalized earlier in the month, were taking place. It is the first lesbian themed film to win the Palme d'Or.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 29, 2013 12:55 PM
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