Universal boss Donna Langley is the headliner at today’s Women At Sundance brunch, but the conversation about gender and Hollywood is coming to the small screen this spring too. Set to debut on Epix on March 8, International Women’s Day, the Caroline Suh directed The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem will examine and explore the disparity of gender diversity in the movie biz.
Based on research conducted by USC Annenberg Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative, The 4% is broken up into 6-short documentaries, each about five minutes long, that will air on Epix and across all its platforms in the spring. The study conducted by Dr. Stacy L. Smith found that across 1,300 top-grossing films from 2002 to 2014, only 4.1% of all directors were women. Over the past 85 years, just four women have been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards with The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow the only woman to ever win the Oscar. Late last year, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began interviewing female directors in Hollywood as part of its on-going and wide-ranging investigation into discrimination against female film and TV helmers.
The first installment of the series, produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, is set to air Monday at the brunch at Park City’ The Shop at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. After its debut, The 4% will run for all of Women’s History Month until March 31.
Varying in tone from the fun to the furious, The 4% will include interviews with Transparent creator Jill Soloway, Paul Feig, Toni Collette, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Hardwicke, Judd Apatow, America Ferrara, Amy Heckerling, Julie Delpy, Lake Bell, Mira Nair, Amanda Peet, Patricia Clarkson, Mo’Nique, Anne Sweeney, James Franco, producer Christine Vachon, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Kristen Wiig among others.
Along with Gibney and Suh, Laura Michalchyshyn, Lynne Kirby, Betsy West and Stacey Offman serve as EPs on The 4%. Erika Frankel is producing. Jocelyn Diaz, Ross Bernard and Jill Burkhart are EPs for Epix.