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Hanelle Culpepper

Direct Contact
Hillview 798 Productions

Talent Agent
Amy Retzinger
(310) 558-2424 phone

Metamorphic Entertainment
Adesuwa McCalla
(310) 235-3152 phone

Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle Culpepper’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. 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 (DWW), which launched her as 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. Hanelle 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. And in 2015, she was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. She is represented by Verve and Metamorphic Entertainment and serves as Alternate for the DGA Board of Directors.

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