Hanelle M. Culpepper

Director

Chosen to direct the pilot for Star Trek: Picard, which is commencing its third season, Hanelle M. Culpepper is 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 in a Drama Series for her work on the episode, her second Image Award nomination and first win. An energetic and unflappable director, Hanelle’s television credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. 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 starting season 2. She is also set to direct features 1000 Miles (Big Beach and Zucker Productions) starring Alexandra Shipp, and Coyote Blue (Derek Kolstad's Trademark and DJ2 Entertainment for Amazon) starring Sterling K. Brown. In 2019, she was selected for the inaugural class of ReFrame Rise directors and earned a Variety’s 2019 Inclusion Impact honor.

Hanelle earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College and her M.A. from USC's Annenberg School. After working as the assistant for Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Callie Khouri, she was selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women (DWW), which launched her as an emerging director to watch. Her DWW short A Single Rose won numerous awards and screened at film festivals worldwide, including the 2004 ICG Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. 

A Single Rose plus Hanelle’s viral short film spoof Six and the City, led to the greenlight for her first independent feature, the supernatural thriller Within, starring Mia Ford, Sammi Hanratty, Sam Jaeger, Lori Heuring, Brent Sexton, and featuring Aisha Hinds. The film won Outstanding Feature Film at the Big Bear Horror Film Festival and had its television premiere on Lifetime. Over the next several years, Hanelle helmed multiple independent thrillers, including Murder on the 13 th  Floor starring a young Tessa Thompson.

Hanelle’s television career took off after participating in NBC Universal’s Directing Initiative, which led to an episodic directing role for Parenthood. Since then, her television work includes such shows as Westworld, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, True Story, Counterpart, Mayans M.C., Criminal Minds, Grimm, American Crime, The Flash, Gotham, S.W.A.T., Star Trek: Discovery and NOS4A2. In 2015, Hanelle was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Hanelle proudly serves on the DGA’s Political Action Committee, and as an alternate for the DGA’s National Board and the Western Directors Council. She served as co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee from 2019-2021.  Hanelle is represented by Verve talent agency. Her manager is Adesuwa McCalla at Metamorphic Entertainment and her lawyer is Matthew Wallerstein of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.

Credits

EPISODIC TELEVISION

2021     Anansi Boys -- Ep. 103 -- Amazon 

2021     Anansi Boys -- Pilot -- Amazon 

2021     Westworld -- Ep. 403 -- HBO

2021     True Story -- Ep. 108 -- Netflix

2021     True Story -- Ep. 107-- Netflix

2021     True Story -- Ep. 106 -- Netflix

2021     True Story -- Ep. 105 -- Netflix

2021     Kung Fu -- Ep. 102 -- CW

2020     Kung Fu -- Pilot -- CW

2020     Big Sky -- Ep. Ep.108 -- ABC

2019     SWAT -- Ep. 314 -- CBS

2019     NOS4A2 -- Ep. 205 -- AMC

2019     NOS4A2 -- Ep. 206 -- AMC

2019     Star Trek:  Discovery -- Ep. 304 -- CBS All Access

2019     Sorry For Your Loss -- Ep. 204 -- Facebook Watch

2019     Star Trek:  Picard -- Ep. 102B -- CBS All Access

2019     Star Trek:  Picard -- Ep. 102A -- CBS All Access

2019     Star Trek:  Picard -- Pilot -- CBS All Access

2018     NOS4A2 -- Ep. 109 -- AMC

2018     Star Trek: Discovery -- Ep. 210 -- CBS

2018     Counterpart -- Ep. 208 -- Starz

2018     Counterpart -- Ep. 207  -- Starz

2018     Mayans MC -- Ep. 104 -- FX

2018     Shooter -- Ep. 309 -- USA

2018     Supergirl -- Ep. 320 -- CW

2018     The Flash -- Ep. 418 -- CW

2018     SWAT -- Ep. 114 -- CBS

2018     Lucifer -- Ep. 314 -- FOX

2017     Gotham -- Ep. 412 -- FOX

2017     The Crossing -- Ep. 106 -- ABC

2017     Star Trek: Discovery -- Ep. 112 -- CBS

2017     Shooter -- Ep. 209 -- USA

2017     Ten Days in the Valley -- Ep. 109 -- ABC

2017     UnREAL -- Ep. 307 -- Lifetime

2017     The Flash -- Ep. 320 -- CW

2017     Rosewood -- Ep. 217 -- FOX

2017     How To Get Away With Murder -- Ep. 313 -- ABC

2016     The Originals -- Ep. 411 -- CW

2016     Gotham -- Ep. 310 -- FOX

2016     Quantico -- Ep. 206 -- ABC

2016     Empire -- Ep. 304 -- FOX

2016     Mistresses -- Ep. 412 -- ABC

2016     Mistresses -- Ep. 411  -- ABC

2016     American Gothic -- Ep. 105 -- CBS

2016     Castle -- Ep. 820 -- ABC

2016     The Originals -- Ep. 316 -- CW

2016     The Flash -- Ep. 215 -- CW

2015     Criminal Minds -- Ep. 1113 -- CBS

2015     Castle -- Ep. 809 --  ABC

2015     Sleepy Hollow -- Ep. 307 --  FOX

2015     Hawaii 5-0 -- Ep. 607 --  CBS

2015     Grimm -- Ep. 504 --  NBC

2015     Stalker -- Ep.  119 -- - CBS

2015     Criminal Minds  -- Ep. 1019 --  CBS

2015     Criminal Minds -- Ep. 1017 --  CBS

2014     Grimm -- Ep. 409 -- NBC

2014     Revenge -- Ep. 407-- Director -- ABC

2014     American Crime -- Ep. 105 -- ABC

2014     Criminal Minds -- Ep. 919 -- CBS

2012     Parenthood -- Ep. 411  -- NBC

2012     90210 -- Ep. 504 -- CBS Prods/CW

2005     Guilty or Innocent? -- Ep. 115 r -- Discovery Channel

FEATURES/OTHER

2013     Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer -- Director -- Jorva Prods/Lifetime MOW

2012     Murder on the 13th Floor -- Director -- Jorva Prods./Lifetime MOW

2011     Deadly Sibling Rivalry -- Director -- Seven Palms/Lifetime MOW

2008     Within -- Director/Producer -- Bigfoot Ent./Lifetime Acquisition

2006     The Aunties -- Director/Writer/Producer -- UCLA Educational Video

2005     Leila -- Co-Writer -- Indie Short Feature

2004     Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles -- Director/Producer -- PSA series

2003     A Single Rose  --  Director/Writer -- AFI/DWW Short

2003     Six and the City  -- Director -- Indie Short Feature

2001     The Wedding Dress -- Director/Writer -- Indie Short Feature

AWARDS

Numerous film festival awards; see individual films on my website at www.hanelleculpepper.com for list.

2021Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Star Trek: Picard Pilot)
2019ReFrame Rise Director
2019Variety Inclusion Impact Honoree
2015     Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Criminal Minds Ep. 919)
2013Parenthood producers chose my episode to represent the series for Best Drama Series Emmy consideration
2012NBC/Universal's Directing Initiative Fellow
2012HBO-DGA Directing Fellowship Finalist
2005Emerging Filmmaker Award, Cine Noir Festival
2004Directing Fellow of the Berlin Talent Campus
2004Outstanding Director Award, GAFFERS
2002AFI Directing Workshop for Women
2001Honorable Mention Writers Digest Screenplay Competition (Block Party)
2000Featured in "Spotlight" section of premiere issue of Screentalk magazine
2000Semi-Finalist Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition (Jail Bird aka Can't Get Arrested)
1999Fellow of IFP Screenwriters Lab
1999Honorable Mention Writers Digest Screenplay Competition (Miss Ella)
1997Fellow of Bill and Camille Cosby's Guy Alexander Hanks Screenwriting Program

   

EDUCATION

M.A.      University of Southern California, Annenberg

B.A.       Lake Forest College

American Film Institute, Directing Workshop for Women


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