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Hanelle Culpepper

Direct Contact
Hillview 798 Productions
hillview798@gmail.com

Talent Agent
Verve
Amy Retzinger
(310) 558-2424 phone

Manager
Metamorphic Entertainment
Adesuwa McCalla
(310) 235-3152 phone

Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle’s TV credits include superhero action adventures, thrillers, genre and character-driven dramas. In 2019, she directed the pilot for Star Trek: Picard, making her the first woman to launch a Star Trek series in its 53-year history and earning her a 2019 Variety Inclusion Impact honor. She 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 an emerging 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. Hanelle's first feature, the supernatural thriller Within, won Outstanding Feature Film at the Big Bear Horror Film Festival and had its TV premiere on Lifetime. She then helmed multiple indie thrillers, including Murder on the 13th Floor starring Tessa Thompson. Her TV career took off after participating in NBC Universal’s Directing Initiative. In 2015, she was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. She is an alternate for the DGA’s National Board and the Western Directors Council, and co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee.


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