Genre Brunch 2019

At Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles on June 23rd 2019, we were thrilled to honor five ladies who are paving the way for women making genre films and television, above and below the line. Each woman was celebrated with a heartfelt toast by a colleague. It was our honor to celebrate these legendary women as they shared their wisdom, leadership, and experience on a special panel, moderated by our Executive Director, Tema L. Staig.

Co Chaired by Dahmenah Mingo and Tema Staig

2019 Genre Brunch Honorees:

Director Deborah Chow – The Mandalorian, Jessica Jones, Fear The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot

Director Hanelle Culpepper РThe first woman to direct a Star Trek pilot (Picard), Super Girl, The Flash, Lucifer

Supervising Art Director Desma Murphy – Aquaman, Furious 7, Criminal Minds, Iron Man 3, The Fate of The Furious

Writer Emily Carmichael – Pacific Rim: Uprising, Jurassic World 3, The Adventures of Ledo and Ix

Supervising ADR and Dialogue Editor Bobbi Banks – Men In Black: International, Punisher: War Zone, Dead Presidents, Past President of Motion Picture Sound Editors, Chair of A2020 Initiative Diversity/Inclusion at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

2019 Genre Brunch Toast Masters:

Screenwriter, Producer and Television Showrunner Justin Marks – Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016),¬† Starz Counterpart (2018), Jungle Book 2

Set Decorator Danielle Berman – Aquaman, Furious 7, Iron Man 3, The Fate of The Furious, The Nice Guys

Supervising Sound Editor Greg Hedgepath – Straight Outta Compton, The Hunger Games, The Incredible Hulk

Editor, Jonathan Alberts – Better Living Through Chemistry, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The OA

Development Executive at Amazon, Brandon Harris – director of Red Legs, and the author of Making Rent In Bed Stuy

Photos by Ashly Covington