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

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."
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  • February 17, 2014 12:20 PM
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Miranda Otto Talks About Playing Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon tells the story of the explosive love affair between Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares in 1950s Brazil.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Big O: Oscar Could be Swayed by Leto's Feminine Mystique

The voters have also come a long way since handing the 2005 best-picture Oscar to Crash instead of the gay-themed Brokeback Mountain. Since then, there has been at least one actor nominated for playing a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender character each year save for 2007.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 1, 2013 10:49 AM
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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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Inspirational Woman of the Day: Diana Nyad

There is no better way to start the fall off than with a dose of some serious inspiration. Diana Nyad, on her fifth attempt (the first one was in 1978), accomplished a lifelong dream -- to swim from Cuba to Key West. She is 64 years old. She swam 110 miles. She was stung by jellyfish. She evaded sharks. She went 55 hours in the water.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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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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Cross Post: Fostering Our Future

The new fantastic, flashy, female-fronted shows of the season have received seemingly endless and endlessly deserving ink. We all love "Orphan Black" and "Orange Is the New Black,". But there's a quieter, also deserving show of the summer that has been quietly revolutionary in its own way. And that show is "The Fosters."
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • August 9, 2013 11:05 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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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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