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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 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.

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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 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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Sundance Watch: The East - Co-Written and Starring Brit Marling

The East, co-written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (who directed and previously collaborated with Marling on Sound of My Voice) centers around an ex-FBI agent (Marling) who goes undercover to infiltrate a group who targets major corporations that commit acts against the environment. Ellen Page also stars. The film has been receiving a lot of buzz at Sundance and the trailer looks very intriguing.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 23, 2013 11:18 AM
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Leave Ellen Page Alone!

NY Mag's Vulture (which by the way has some of the most provocative and great reporting about pop culture) pissed me off earlier this week with their piece on Ellen Page's "asexual" wardrobe in Inception.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 22, 2010 3:33 AM
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