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An energetic and unflappable director, Hanelle’s credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. As director of the pilot Star Trek: Picard, Hanelle became the first woman to launch a new Star Trek series in its 53-year history. In 2021 she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing for her work on the episode. In 2022, she was nominated again for her work on Netflix’s True Story starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes.
Currently, she is directing and executive producing the Neil Gaiman Amazon series Anansi Boys. In 2020, she co-executive produced and directed the pilot for the Berlanti produced CW drama Kung Fu, which is entering Season 3. She's also set to direct features 1000 Miles (Big Beach and Zucker Productions) starring Alexandra Shipp and Shamier Anderson, and Amazon's Coyote Blue, written by Derek Kolstad and starring Sterling K. Brown.
Hanelle earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College and her M.A. from USC’s Annenberg School. After working as an assistant to Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Callie Khouri, she completed AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, which launched her as an emerging director to watch. Her short A Single Rose won numerous awards and screened at film festivals worldwide, including the 2004 ICG Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
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