Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle M. Culpepper is an energetic and unflappable award-winning director whose television credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. In 2019, she was chosen to direct the pilot for Star Trek: Picard, making her the first woman to launch a new Star Trek series in its 53-year history, and earning her 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 green light for her first independent feature, the supernatural thriller Within, which 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 13th 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 Counterpart, Mayans M.C., Criminal Minds, Grimm, American Crime, The Flash, Gotham, and recently, the upcoming AMC series, NOS4A2. And in 2015, Hanelle was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
Hanelle proudly serves as Alternate Board member of the DGA and co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee. She is represented by Verve. Her manager is Adesuwa McCalla at Metamorphic Entertainment.Hanelle Culpepper is an award-winning writer/director for TV and film whose visual, story-driven films have successfully played in festivals around the world and on television. She participated in the FIND Screenwriters Lab, but it was her selection for AFI's Directing Workshop for Women that launched her as an emerging director to watch. Hanelle was then chosen to be a Fellow of NBC's Directing Diversity Initiative, which was a major boost to her directing career.
Lisa’s experience in entertainment began when she moved to Los Angeles and ended up in the music business. After years of working in music, the film world stole her heart and allowed her to establish a reputation as an outstanding costume designer. She worked on films such as Oscar nominated “Whiplash” and no.1 box office hit “The Purge” to name a few. She is currently a co-producer on the “Fantasy Island” feature with Sony/Blumhouse.
Her reputation has allowed her to work alongside some of the finest talent in the film world. Working on over 40 films spanning two decades, Lisa has built an expansive industry-wide network that gives her the ability to crew up a film with the top talent in the business and makes her transition to the role of producer the natural next step.
Lisa is passionate about filmmaking and feels most comfortable and completely at home when on set. Her favorite part is the first day of filming when the director calls “action” for the first time.
In addition to working as producer on The Miracles of Santo Fico, Lisa is producing “Royal Blood” a bio-pic about the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, which is presently in development.
Lanier Cordell spent her childhood in her mother's beauty salon in New Orleans where she developed an ear for dialogue, a fondness for quirky characters, and an appreciation of the art of story telling. She has worked as an accredited public relations professional, marketing and advertising consultant, and copywriter for print and electronic media. She has written, produced, and directed ads for local television and radio.
One of her original film scripts, "Royal Blood" is presently in development, as is an adaptation of Gillian Roberts' novel, "Caught Dead in Philidelphia".
She is the author of "Equinomics: the Secret to Making Money with Your Horse Business", which spent several years on the Amazon.com topseller list.