Kristen Wiig and Others Talk Hollywood Gender Problem


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Kristen Wiig, Julie Delpy, Anjelica Huston, and many others will appear in The 4%: Film's Gender Problem, which will debut on Epix next week.

Announced in January, the original series of six documentaries will debut on March 8, which is International Women's Day. It explores the issues around the gender gap in Hollywood and spotlights directors and creative personalities, who share first-person insights and anecdotes about the role of women in Hollywood.

For Kristen Wiig, the subject is particularly timely as this week saw the debut of the trailer of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, which stars Wiig along with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the new generation of Ghostbusters.

While many expressed glee with the trailer's release and are excited about the film, there is a terrible number of people on social media expressing varying degrees of sexism, misogyny and contempt for the idea that the new Ghostbusters are women.

It's unclear if Internet vitriol and misogyny will be among the topics discussed in The 4%, but it will definitely cover the opportunities women are given behind the camera.

"It shouldn't be seen as such a crazy thing if a woman, you know, is nominated for an Academy Award for directing," Wiig says in the below clip.

The 4% is produced by Jigsaw Productions, which is known for titles like Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Taxi To the Darkside, and Enron: Smartest Men In the Room.

Participants in the series include: Kristen Wiig, Judd Apatow, Joe Arcidiacono, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, Patricia Clarkson, Toni Collette, Jonathan Dayton, Julie Delpy, Valerie Faris, Paul Feig, America Ferrera, James Franco, Donna Gigliotti, Geoffrey Gilmore, Debra Granik, Catherine Hardwicke, Mary Harron, Amy Heckerling, Dawn Hudson, Anjelica Huston, Vicky Jenson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Rebecca Keegan, Jon Kilik, Ellen Kuras, Mimi Leder, Franklin Leonard, Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Michael Mann, Lori McCreary, Mo’Nique, Michael Moore, Rachel Morrison, Mira Nair, Amanda Peet, Kimberly Peirce, Keri Putnam, Pamela Romanowsky, Cathy Schulman, A.O. Scott, Melissa Silverstein, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Jill Soloway, Anne Sweeney, Amber Tamblyn, Anne Thompson, Rosemarie Troche, Christine Vachon, and Mandy Walker.