Isidore Bethel is a filmmaker and educator. His directorial debut Liam received the Paris LGBTQ+ Film Festival’s Jury Prize in 2018 and is streaming on Tënk. His second feature Acts of Love premiered at Hot Docs and Thessaloniki in 2021. Filmmaker Magazine included him among its “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020. His work as editor and producer has screened at Cannes (Official Selection and ACID), IDFA, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Pompidou Center, receiving 16 festival awards, a Mexican Academy and European Film Academy nomination, and a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Support for films he’s edited and produced has come from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, and France’s CNC and Mexico’s IMCINE film boards.
A graduate of Harvard, the École Normale Supérieure, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Isidore has been an artist-in-residence with the Institut Français, the Logan Nonfiction Program, and the Villa Medici in Rome as well as a guest artist at CalArts, University of Kent, UT Austin, and Yale. He has mentored filmmakers through programs such as the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania, University of California, Santa Cruz’s Stone Soup filmmaking workshop, UnionDocs in New York, and Doc Amazonie Caraïbe in French Guiana. He is a US and French citizen and has taught at France’s national film school La Fémis, Sarah Lawrence College, and Parsons in Paris. His full CV is here.
He’s available for free feedback sessions with filmmakers who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.