Stephanie Allain is one of the most prolific African-American film producers working today. Over the past 30 years, she’s produced award-winning films by writer/directors that have made headlines, launched careers and shaped the cultural landscape.
Ms. Allain started her film career as a reader at CAA and worked as a Story Analyst at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures, where she was promoted to vice president after championing John Singleton’s directorial debut, Boyz N the Hood (1991), which earned $65 million and two Oscar nominations. Her next film was Robert Rodriguez’ El Mariachi (1992). She stayed for a decade supervising independently spirited films including Poetic Justice (1993), Desperado (1995) and Higher Learning (1995).
After a brief stint as President of Production for Jim Henson Pictures, Ms. Allain founded Homegrown Pictures and produced the Oscar-winning Hustle & Flow (2005); Something New (2006); Peeples (2013); Beyond the Lights (2014); Dear White People (2014); French Dirty (2015); Burning Sands (2017); and upcoming in 2019, Juanita, starring Alfre Woodard and Stella Meghie’s The Weekend. Set for production in 2019 is Amazon’s The Fighting Shirley Chisholm and Justin Simien’s Rapper’s Delight for Warner Bros.
Ms. Allain’s films have won critical acclaim including Oscar nominations, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP and Image Awards and have gained worldwide recognition at Telluride, Toronto, Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
She adapted Misty Copeland’s best-selling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, for New Line Cinema and is Executive Producer of Netflix series Dear White People.
Additionally, from 2011-2016, she directed the L.A. Film Festival turning it into the most diverse film festival in the world attracting celebrated artists and tens of thousands of festival participants
Ms. Allain has moderated panels, juried film festivals and is also an inspired lecturer and keynote speaker. She’s an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and has taught at UCLA’s Entertainment Studies and Columbia College Film, TV and Digital Arts.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild of America. She sits on the board of Women in Film and is a member of gender parity orgs ReFrame and Time’s Up.