Hanelle M. Culpepper - Director
Hanelle M. Culpepper is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles. She previously directed episodic television with a one-hour episode of Discovery Channel's scripted crime anthology series Guilty or Innocent in 2005. She has directed five short films and an educational video.
Culpepper's directorial debut was The Wedding Dress , a romantic comedy short about a carefree bachelor who finds a wedding dress in his girlfriend's closet. The Wedding Dress premiered at the 2002 Pan African Film Festival, kicking off an award-winning trek through film festivals worldwide. Her next films were even more successful. A Single Rose screened at the Cannes Film Festival, placed 12th for an Academy Award, and has won several Best of Awards, including Best Short, Director, Actress, Music, and Cinematgraphy. Six and the City has won a Best Short Film Award, an Audience Award and can be seen on Network Televsion in Japan and On Air Canada.
Culpepper's filmmaking career began in 1997 when her first screenplay earned her admission into Bill and Camille Cosby's prestigious screenwriting program for African-American writers. She is a graduate of Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago and earned a Master's Degree at USC's Annenberg School for Communication.