CV – Isidore Bethel

CV – Isidore Bethel


Logan Nonfiction Fellow (as collaborator on Arturo González Villaseñor’s upcoming film).
The Gotham Documentary Lab (as editor on Sophie Schrago’s upcoming film).
– Jacob Burns Film Center editing residency (as editor/producer of Lo que dejamos atrás).
– Moulin d’Andé filmmaking residencies (as collaborator on Laurent Bécue-Renard’s upcoming film).

Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Île-de-France Aide à l’écriture writing grant with Francis Leplay (as authors of Acts of Love).
Agora Docs in Progress at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (as director of Acts of Love).
IFP Documentary Lab (as editor/producer of Lo que dejamos atrás).
Filmflow Award (as editor/producer of Lo que dejamos atrás).
– Logan Nonfiction Fellowship (as editor/producer of Lo que dejamos atrás).
– Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Content funding (as editor/producer of Lo que dejamos atrás).

Parsons Part-Time Faculty Support, funding to attend True/False Film Festival.

Berlinale Talents (as director and editor).
Eurodoc fellow (as producer of Happy You’re Here).
– True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat (as editor of So Late So Soon).
– KTQ Kartemquin Labs (as editor of So Late So Soon).

Villa Medici artist-in-residence, month-long artist residency at the French Academy in Rome, drawing and performance work exploring gay cruising in the Borghese gardens.
Film Independent Documentary Lab (as editor/producer of Happy You’re Here).
IFP Documentary Lab (as editor/producer of Happy You’re Here).
Tribeca Film Institute Network Lab (as editor/producer of Happy You’re Here).

Institut Français Hors les Murs fellow, support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to develop a film in the United States (as director of Liam).
ParisDOC fellow (as editor/producer of La Balada del Oppenheimer Park).

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation graduate arts fellow, three years of MFA funding, 20 artists selected from 320 applicants, nominated by 150 schools.
Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation digital creation fellow, one fellow selected from 50 applicants.

École Normale Supérieure Exchange fellow, admission to two-year MA program at l’École Normale Supérieure – Ulm (Paris), housing, and a stipend.
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, highest award for a thesis at Harvard, for the film “Someone I Love or Someone Who I Want to Be.”
– One of the Harvard Crimson’s “15 Most Interesting” seniors.


La Fémis. Summer University editing mentor for international postgraduate filmmakers. Summer 2021.
Parsons Paris (BA, BFA, MA, MFA). Teaching “Design & Cinema: Object-Based Narratives,” “Contemporary Filmmaking Practices,” and “Integrative Seminar.” Spring 2018 to present.
– Sarah Lawrence College (BA), Paris. Teaching “Film History in the City of Light,” survey of French film history, drawing on aesthetic analysis, sociology, and film theory. Fall 2017.

– University of California, Santa Cruz’s Stone Soup filmmaking workshop, introduction to first-person filmmaking for preteens. Fall 2021.
– Doc Amazonie Caraïbe, French Guyana. Writing and development mentor. Fall 2020.
– UnionDocs, New York. Collaborative Studio. Editing mentor. Summer 2020.
– Aristoteles Workshop, Romania. Editing & directing tutoring for MFA grads. Aug. 2019.

– Doc Amazonie Caraïbe guest critic (Sept. ‘21), University of Texas at Austin (Apr. ‘21), Sundance Art of Editing Q&A with Iliana Sosa (as editor of Lo que dejamos atrás, Dec. ‘20), University of Texas at Austin (Oct. ‘20), American University of Beirut guest critic (Nov. ‘19), University of Évry-Val-d’Essonne (“Le Pacte sensible,” May ‘19), Harvard Club of Paris (Feb. ‘19), University of Kent (Feb. ’20, Nov. ‘18, Feb. ’19, Oct. ‘19), University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès (“Montage et ménage,” Nov. ‘18), Yale Film and Media Studies Program (Apr. ‘18), CalArts MFA in Directing (Jan. ‘18), CUPA Paris (Feb. ‘17), Blake High School, Silver Springs, MD (Oct. ‘16), North Springs High School in Atlanta, GA (Mar. ‘13)


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, 2015-17
– Advisers: Gregg Bordowitz, Irina Botea, Gordon Hall, Kelly Kaczynski, John Neff, Oli Rodriguez.

École Normale Supérieure/Sorbonne Nouvelle, MA, 2011-13
– In Cinema Studies. Intimate Distance: Putty Hill’s Anthropological Stance, Master’s thesis on the insertion of fictional narratives into a community in mourning, as filmed by Matt Porterfield.
– Adviser: Sylvie Rollet.

Harvard University, BA, 2007-11
– Visual & Environmental Studies Concentration, Slavic Languages & Literature Secondary Field.
– Magna cum laude, highest honors. Courses in directing, animation, architectural studies, and film theory.
– Four-year Harvard Faculty Scholarship. David Rockefeller International Experience Grant and Critical Language Scholarship for summer study in Russia.


Lo que dejamos atrás / What We Leave Behind (2022), editor and coproducer, 2019-22
– As her grandfather embarks on a construction project in his rural Mexican hometown, filmmaker Iliana Sosa pieces together how her family has built and rebuilt home over decades of separation.
– Directed by Iliana Sosa, produced by Emma D. Miller.
– Support from Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Field of Vision, the Catapult Film Fund, the True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat, the Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Residency, the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, the Gotham (IFP) Documentary Lab, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Austin Film Society.
– 71’, Borderchild Productions, Marcona Media, JustFilms (Ford Foundation). Mexico/USA.

“Some Kind of Intimacy” (2021), editor and producer, 2019-21
– The filmmaker tries to communicate with the sheep living where his parents are buried.
– Directed and produced by Toby Bull.
Visions du Réel, First Look (Museum of the Moving Image), Short Waves Festival, Pärnu Film Festival, DokuFest, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, Tirana Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival.
– 6’. United Kingdom.

Acts of Love (2021), director and producer, 2015-21
– When his older boyfriend loses interest in him, the filmmaker relocates to Chicago and uses dating apps to cast new lovers in an amorphous project that his mother hates.
– A film by Isidore Bethel and Francis Leplay, produced by Jamie Gonçalves, Francis Leplay, Lucie Rego, Pauline Tran Van Lieu, edited by Francis Leplay.
– Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, In & Out Queer Film Festival (Nice), Zurich LGBT Film Festival (Pink Apple), Queer Lisboa.
– Support from Agora Docs in Progress, the Île-de-France region’s writing grant, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Eurodoc, SAIC.
– 71’, Hutong Productions, Sin Sitio Cine, Outplay Films (sales). France/USA.

So Late So Soon (2020), editor and associate producer, 2016-20
– A half-century into their marriage, two Chicago artists look back at their lives together and contend with a never-ending series of house repairs.
– Directed by Daniel Hymanson, produced by Kellen Quinn, Josh Penn, Noah Stahl, Trace Henderson.
True/False Film Festival, DOC NYC, BAFICI, Calgary Underground Film Festival Special Jury Mention, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others.
– Support from IFP’s Spotlight on Docs 2017, True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat, Sundance Music & Sound Design Lab 2018, Sundance Talent Forum 2019.
– 70’, Department of Motion Pictures, Hedgehog, Cinetic (sales), Oscilloscope (distribution). USA.

Liam (2018), director and producer, 2011-18
– Just after Isidore moves to France to study filmmaking, his best friend dies back in the US. Through documentary, performance, and animation, a ghostly portrait emerges, prompting Isidore to question his relationships with his parents and his boyfriend in Paris.
– Produced by Anne-Laure Berteau, edited by Sandie Bompar.
Paris LGBTQ+ Film Festival Jury Prize, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Queer Momenti.
– Streaming on Tënk.
– Support from the Institut Français Hors les murs, The Film Collaborative, Lagardère Foundation.
– 70’, Alice Films & Because the night productions, The Film Collaborative (sales). USA/France.

Caballerango (2018), editor and production consultant, 2017-18
– In a Mexican village, a family reflects on a young man’s disappearance under the watchful eyes of the horse who saw him last.
– Directed by Juan Pablo González, produced by Jamie Gonçalves, Ilana Coleman, Makena Buchanan.
IDFA, Best Jalisco Film at Guadalajara IFF, Dallas IFF Jury Award, Best Documentary at Tacoma FF, True/False, FICUNAM, BAMcinemaFest, Full Frame, DocumentaMadrid, Camden IFF, among others.
– Support from Sundance Film Institute, Uruguay’s DocMontevideo, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, CalArts, Austin Film Society, City of Austin Core Cultural Fund.
– 61’, Sin Sitio Cine, Grasshopper Films (sales and distribution). Mexico.

La Balada del Oppenheimer Park (2016), editor and producer, 2014-16
– Exiled American Natives occupy a Vancouver park and engage in rituals of singing, drinking, and performing that complicate their histories of oppression and resistance.
– Directed by Juan Manuel Sepúlveda, produced by Elsa Reyes.
Best Documentary Nominee at the 2017 Mexican Academy Awards, Best Documentary at Málaga Film Festival, Riviera Maya Film Festival Grand Prize, Zanate Film Festival Grand Prize, Special Mention at DocsMX, Special Jury Prize at Santiago Int’l Doc Film Festival, Special Mention for “Immaterial Heritage” from the French Ministry of Culture at Cinéma du Réel, Guadalajara & Cartagena Film Festivals (Colombia), DOXA, among others.
– Acquired by Pompidou Center National Library (France). Theatrical release, Mexico and France.
– 71’, Fragua Cine, Zensky Cine, IMCINE (sales), Sokol Films (distribution), Torch Films (distribution). Mexico.

Of Men and War (2014), editor and associate producer, 2012-2016
– Years after coming home, a dozen U.S. veterans continue to wrestle demons from the war. They make their way to the Pathway Home, where they tackle their trauma for the first time ever in therapy.
– Directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard, associate produced by Thierry Garrel.
Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Best Feature at IDFA, European Film Awards Best Documentary Nominee, Jury Prize at San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Cinematic Nonfiction Award at the Little Rock Film Festival, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, AFI Docs, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, among others.
– Broadcast on POV (PBS, USA), France 2’s 25 nuances de doc, OCS Orange (France), TVOntario (Canada). Theatrical releases in France and the USA. A New York Times Critic’s Pick.
– 142’, Alice Films, Why Not, CAT&Docs (sales), Wild Bunch (sales), Kino Lorber (distribution). France/Switzerland.

Grandir (2013), editor, 2010-11
– After her father’s death, a French filmmaker begins exploring her family’s origins, embarking on a trip to Algeria to investigate her mother’s anonymous birth in an Oran hospital.
– Directed by Dominique Cabrera.
ACID Cannes, Cinéma du Réel Potemkine Prize, La Rochelle 2013. Theatrical release, France.
– 92’, Ad Libitum Productions, In The Mood, Splendor Films (distribution). France.

« Un Coupable idéal : 10 ans après » (2012), editor, 2012
– Brenton Butler reflects on being the subject of Murder on a Sunday Morning, in which Florida prosecutors accuse him of murdering a tourist simply because he is African-American and nearby.
– Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
– 30’, DVD bonus for Éditions Montparnasse, Maha Productions. France.
Edit Sessions with BIPOC Filmmakers