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 film as director Acts of Love premiered at Hot Docs and received Tacoma’s Best Feature Award in 2021. His editing, producing, and writing work has screened at Cannes (Official Selection and ACID), SXSW, Sundance, IDFA, Visions du Réel, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Pompidou Center, receiving 25 festival awards, a Mexican Academy and European Film Academy nomination, and IndieWire and New York Times Critic’s Picks. Support for those films has come from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, Field of Vision, IDA, SFFILM, Doc Society, The Whickers, and France’s CNC and Mexico’s IMCINE film boards. Filmmaker Magazine included him among its “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020.
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, Oxford, and Yale. He has mentored filmmakers through programs such as the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania, Femme Frontera in US-Mexico border regions, Stone Soup’s filmmaking classes for preteens, 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.