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Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle Culpepper’s TV credits include action, thrillers, genre and character-driven dramas. In 2019, she directed the pilot for Star Trek: Picard, now in S3, making her the first woman to ever launch a Star Trek series and earning her a 2019 Variety Inclusion Impact honor and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in 2021. Currently she is directing and executive producing Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys for Amazon, and just finished directing an episode of Westworld. She is set to direct features 1000 Miles with Alexandra Shipp and Coyote Blue with Sterling K. Brown. She co-executive produced and directed the pilot for The CW drama Kung Fu, now in S2. Hanelle earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College and her M.A. from USC's Annenberg School. After assisting Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri, she was selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, making her a director to watch. Her award-winning DWW short A Single Rose screened at film festivals worldwide, including the 2004 ICG Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. She is on the DGA’s PAC, an alternate on their National Board and Western Directors Council, and has co-chaired the DGA Women’s Steering Committee.
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