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Melissa Silverstein
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Melissa Silverstein is a media consultant and writer with 15 years experience in the non-profit and communications fields. She specializes in the area of women issues, with an emphasis on women and Hollywood. She blogs regularly on issues related to women and Hollywood from a feminist perspective at her blog, Women & Hollywood, which was recently named by More Magazine as one of the "blogs to watch."

Over the last several years, Melissa has consulted on wide array of projects ranging from online marketing for films and books targeted at women, to web site development, to event and film production. She also has extensive experience in public relations and communications, and organizational management and non-profit start-ups.

She is based in Brooklyn, NY and is on the advisory board of the Women's Media Center. She is also a member of NY Women in Film and TV.

Check out her blog on Women & Hollywood.

Blog Entries by Melissa Silverstein

Sexism Watch: The 2010 Black List

Posted December 14, 2010 | 11:32:41 (EST)

Once upon a time in Hollywood the black list was a very bad thing. If your name was on the black list (that supposedly never existed) you couldn't get a gig in Hollywood. It was a sucky time and should always be remembered and never repeated.

Enter the "new" black...

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Interview with Lena Dunham writer/director of Tiny Furniture

Posted November 12, 2010 | 12:17:29 (EST)

The impressive and incredibly articulate Lena Dunham took some time to talk about her film and her new life as Hollywood's "it girl" of the moment.

Women And Hollywood: Why do you think this film has resonated so much? I saw it in August at a screening room and everyone...

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The Shaming of Fat People

Posted October 28, 2010 | 17:59:58 (EST)

It's not like fat people or people struggling with weight issues need anything else in life to make us feel like crap, but not surprisingly, it's been done. The one overweight couple on TV (since Huge has been canceled) has been called out not just for being fat but for...

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Sam Taylor-Wood: Director of Nowhere Boy

Posted October 8, 2010 | 10:55:07 (EST)

Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood's look at the a couple of years in teenage John Lennon's life, is a really interesting film that shows how Lennon was shaped by the two women in his life at the moment in time. His mother, Julia (played by Anne-Marie Duff) is the woman who...

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The Social Network

Posted October 1, 2010 | 12:05:35 (EST)

If I take off my feminist hat, I am here to report that The Social Network is a very good movie. It will be at the top of the Oscar heap and might go all the way to the finish line. One reason is because it taps perfectly into the...

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Interview With Lindsay Doran: Producer Nanny McPhee Returns

Posted August 24, 2010 | 10:46:55 (EST)

Had a chance last week to talk with Lindsay Doran producer of the Oscar winning Sense & Sensibility and the current Nanny McPhee Returns about a bunch of different topics.

As a person who does a lot of interviews, I found Lindsay's answers and insights to be very, very interesting....

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Interview with Sandra Nettelbeck: Writer/Director of Helen

Posted July 30, 2010 | 16:13:35 (EST)

I didn't really know much about Helen (except that it was going to be released this summer) until I got an email from Sandra Nettelbeck, the director asking me what I knew about when her film was coming out. I was surprised to get the email from a woman who...

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Interview With Lisa Cholodenko, Director and Co-Writer of the Kids Are All Right

Posted July 9, 2010 | 11:39:04 (EST)

A couple of months ago I was able to interview Lisa Cholodenko for a piece I wrote for the Human Right Campaign magazine. That piece will be out soon. (I will of course post it when it is available online.) Here is the rest of the interview.

Women...

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12th & Delaware

Posted June 24, 2010 | 16:49:12 (EST)

12th & Delaware directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) is a really good documentary. It's interesting, provocative, engaging and very well shot.

The film tells the story of what happens at the intersection of pro-choice avenue and anti-choice lane (this one in Fort Pierce, Florida) where one...

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Sex and the City 2

Posted May 29, 2010 | 15:19:05 (EST)

Over the last several days the reviews for Sex and the City 2 have been rolling in, and not surprisingly they have been scathing with a side of mean. I stopped reading them when I saw the word "leathery" describe the women's skin.

I actually think that people really get...

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Interview with Rachel Weisz

Posted May 28, 2010 | 11:48:59 (EST)

Rachel Weisz opens in Agora today (in limited release) and for those of you in NYC not interested in dealing with the masses at Sex & the City 2 this is a good alternative. Here are my thoughts on the film.

She answered some questions for

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The Politics of Hit Girl

Posted April 15, 2010 | 22:15:56 (EST)

There aren't many times when I go to a movie and I leave speechless. But that did happen to me recently when I saw the film Kick Ass. For those of you that don't know, the film is about an average to slightly nerdy comic book loving kid who decides...

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Geena Davis Uses Her Celebrity Power to Help Improve the Gender Disparity in Film and TV for Kids

Posted April 7, 2010 | 10:47:57 (EST)

Monday night I had the opportunity to see Geena Davis in conversation with Pat Mitchell at the Paley Center for Media in NYC. They talked through her career but spent the bulk of the time talking about the work she is doing now at the Geena Davis Institute...

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Interview with Shana Feste -- Writer and Director of The Greatest

Posted April 2, 2010 | 12:22:56 (EST)

When I first read about The Greatest at last year's Sundance I knew it was something I wanted to see. It has Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan and the "it" girl of that year's festival Carey Mulligan.

The Greatest is the story of how a family reconnects after the loss...

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Interview with Erin Cressida Wilson - Screenwriter of Chloe

Posted March 26, 2010 | 12:16:09 (EST)

Leave it to Erin Cressida Wilson to create a movie like Chloe starring Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried that brings up such mixed emotions that there were moments when I hated it and other moments when I liked it a lot. She took some time to talk with Women...

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Guess What? Women Buy More Movie Tickets Than Men

Posted March 11, 2010 | 11:17:41 (EST)

You know that whole conversation about how women don't go to the movies and are not a film market? You know that conversation that we hear over and over as the big reason why we are inundated with crappy boy films week in and week out.

Well thanks to the...

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The Time Has Come

Posted March 9, 2010 | 09:49:27 (EST)

"The time has come."

Those were the words that Barbra Streisand uttered when she announced Kathryn Bigelow's name as the winner of the best director Oscar. The moment came at the end of a long and boring show that featured many male winners in most categories, but damn, staying up...

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Pondering the Bigelow Nomination in Larger Context

Posted February 8, 2010 | 11:15:39 (EST)

It's been over a week since the DGA win, and almost a week since Kathryn Bigelow got her best director Oscar nomination and it turns out that since then, she has been nominated for a second Oscar as one of the producers for her film The Hurt Locker. (When...

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Claire Danes as Temple Grandin Tonight on HBO

Posted February 6, 2010 | 10:00:08 (EST)

I have been waiting impatiently for about a decade now to see the spark in Claire Danes' eyes that I saw way back when she played Angela Chase in My So Called Life. She's been in a bunch of movies and has been lovely and usually very good, but no...

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A Big Bold Crack in the Glass Ceiling -- Kathryn Bigelow Wins DGA Prize

Posted January 31, 2010 | 11:01:25 (EST)

This is big.

This is Sally Ride, first woman in space big. This is Sandra Day O'Connor, first female on the Supreme Court big. This is Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs big.

This is a big, bold blast in the glass ceiling for all women directors.

Last night in...

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