Stephanie Allain is an accomplished film producer who has been an advocate for visionary filmmakers for more than twenty years.
Allain began her career as a Story Analyst for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. before landing at Columbia Pictures where she was quickly promoted to Creative Executive in 1989. There she shepherded John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, which garnered Singleton two Academy Award nominations and set the bar for contemporary urban dramas. As Senior Vice President of Production – the highest creative production position for an African American for over a decade – she launched the careers of several writer/directors including Robert Rodriguez.
After a stint as President of Jim Henson Pictures where she produced a handful of brand films, Allain formed Homegrown Pictures and produced Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2005, an Academy Award for Best Original Song and earned a Best Actor nomination for Terrence Howard. Since then, she’s produced many films including Sanaa Hamri’s directorial debut, Something New for Focus Features, Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan, Tim Story’s Hurricane Season and Tina Gordon Chism’s directorial debut, Peeples, starring Kerry Washington. She most recently produced Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song and Justin Simien’s directorial debut, Dear White People, which won a Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Ms. Allain is Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the WGA, the PGA and she on the board of Women In Film. She has taught producing at USC’s Peter Stark Program and UCLA’s Entertainment Studies Division.
She and her husband, composer Stephen Bray, live in Los Angeles.