ReFrame Rise: The 2019 Inaugural Class

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ReFrame™, a collaborative initiative of WIF LA and Sundance Institute, announced the inaugural class of ReFrame Rise™ directors at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala on Wednesday, June 12 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

ReFrame Rise is a comprehensive and customized 2-year sponsorship that provides endorsement and support to accelerate high-level sustainable careers for experienced female directors who are poised to lead studio and independent features, pilots, and episodic television across all platforms.

1. Desiree Akhavan

Actress | Appropriate Behavior

Desiree Akhavan was born in 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Appropriate Behaviour (2014), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) and The Slope (2010).

2. Haifaa Al-Mansour

Director | Wadjda

Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from ...

3. Patricia Cardoso

Director | The Water Carrier of Cucunuba

Patricia Cardoso was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 1987. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist and she received the first Fulbright scholarship in Colombia for film. She has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, and a B.A. in ...

4. Hanelle M. Culpepper

Director | Within

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...

5. Sydney Freeland

Director | Drunktown's Finest

Sydney Freeland was born on October 29, 1980 in Gallup, New Mexico, USA. She is known for her work on Drunktown's Finest (2014), Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) and Hoverboard (2012).

6. Zetna Fuentes

Director | One Life to Live

Zetna Fuentes is a television and theater director. She most recently directed and executive produced the pilot and second episode of the new Netflix series, "Cursed" based on the illustrated novel by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler. Her recent credits include "The Deuce," "Ray Donovan," "The Chi,"...

7. Tina Mabry

Director | Mississippi Damned

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production in 2005. A true hyphenate, Tina is a writer, director, and producer for television and film. She is a writer and producer for Fox's upcoming ...

8. Meera Menon

Director | Farah Goes Bang

Meera Menon is an editor and director, known for Farah Goes Bang (2013), Equity (2016) and The Punisher (2017).

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