Women Behind the Words




Nicole Holofcener is an award-winning filmmaker, whose work spans three decades. Acclaimed by critics and audiences for her relatable writing and personal directing style, Holofcener has created seminal films about relationships, class, loyalty, and love with realistic and multidimensional characters. Films like – Friends with Money, Please Give, and Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. A sought-after collaborator, she has produced films like the Oscar®-nominated screenplay Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which she co-wrote with Jeff Whitty, and the National Board of Review-winning film The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott. Her most recent film, You Hurt My Feelings, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michaela Watkins, and Tobias Menzies will screen at the Festival.


Michaela Watkins has made her mark through a variety of roles including Enough Said and You Hurt My Feelings, both by Nicole Holofcener. Other films include the recently released Paint opposite Owen Wilsonas well as The Way Back starring opposite Ben Affleck, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Wanderlust, In a World, and Afternoon Delight. She was in the cast of Saturday Night Live. On the TV side, she starred in the Golden Globe-nominated series Casual, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series The DropoutTransparentTiny Beautiful Things, Search Party, New Girl, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Curb Your Enthusiasm and among others.


Allison Williams is an actress and producer. She is probably best known for starring as Marnie Michaels in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls (2012–2017), which earned her a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. Her real breakout role was Rose Armitage in the horror film Get Out, which earned her nominations from the MTV Movie Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards among other accolades. She has gone on to star in the more recent horror films The Perfection and M3GAN, the latter of which she also executive produced.



Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian, writer, and the host of the new comedy podcast Parenting Is A Joke with iHeart Radio and Pretty Good Friends. She also hosted NPR’s Ask Me Another where she interviewed hundreds of celebrities including Sir Patrick Harris, Rosie Perez, Yo-Yo Ma, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Handler, and many more.  She’s appeared multiple times on CBS’s The Late Late Show, Comedy Central, HBO, The New York Festival, Just For Laughs, Moontower, and SXSW, and is a regular host and storyteller on The Moth Radio Hour and her stories are included in three of The Moth’s best-selling collections, including the most recent: How To Tell A Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth.  Her memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a television series, and her new comedy special Plant-Based Jokes is streaming on YouTube. Her solo show Leaving A Mark: A Comedy About Scars recently made its Off-Broadway review to rave reviews and won the Women in the Arts & Media Award for Solo Show Scripts.




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