CV – Isidore Bethel

CV – Isidore Bethel


Catapult Film Fund grant (as editor/producer of Wind Up).
The Whickers development award (as collaborator on Re-Evaluation).
– True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat (as editor of Hummingbirds).

Logan Nonfiction Fellowship (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.

– Femme Frontera’s La Frontera Film Lab, production and editing mentor. Spring 2022.
– University of California, Santa Cruz’s Stone Soup filmmaking workshop, introduction to first-person filmmaking for preteens. Fall 2021, winter 2022.
– 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.

– Logan Nonfiction Fellowship (Jun. ‘22), University of Texas at Austin (Apr. ‘22), Oxford University (Feb. ‘22), University of Texas at Austin (Feb. ‘22), 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 What We Leave Behind, 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.


– Shadow Kitchen at Coaxial Arts Foundation, screening of works by ten filmmakers forging intimate bonds under adverse conditions, Los Angeles, June 22, 2022.
Noche de cortos at NIXON Gallery, screening of works by Mohamad Kanaan, Lucy Pawlak, Rodrigo Quintero, Javier Velázquez Cabrero, and Renee Zhan, Mexico City, February 16, 2017.


What We Leave Behind (2022), editor, co-producer, and co-writer, 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.
SXSW’s Lone Star and New Voices Awards, First Look (Museum of the Moving Image), Full Frame, Thin Line Fest’s Emerging Filmmaker Award, North by North IFF Best Feature Award, Phoenix FF, RiverRun IFF, Milwaukee FF, the DocYard, Los Angeles Latino IFF, Philadelphia Latino FF, Cine Las Americas IFF (Hecho en Tejas centerpiece film), California Capital IDFF.
– 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.

“Blue Room” (2022), editor and associate producer, 2021-22
– In two US prisons, participants in a mental health experiment watch nature videos on loop, prompting them to reflect on isolation and wilderness.
– Directed and produced by Merete Mueller.
Hot Docs, Prismatic Ground, Mountainfilm, Rooftop Films.
– Support from IF/Then Shorts|Field of Vision, Rooftop Films, John Logan Family Foundation, and Mountainfilm in Telluride.
– 12’. USA.

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 DF, Chicago IFF, Transilvania IFF, RIDM, New Adventures in Nonfiction at the Museum of the Moving Image, Sidewalk FF, In & Out Nice Queer FF, Pink Apple Zurich LGBT FF, Queer Lisboa, Black Canvas Contemporary FF, Reel Pride Winnipeg LGBTTQ* FF, Porn FF Berlin, St. Louis IFF, Chéries-Chéris Paris LGBTQ+ FF, OutFest Santo Domingo International GLBTIQ FF, Oxford University Filmmaking Foundation SFF, Écrans Mixtes Lyon Queer & Feminist FF, Prismatic Ground.
Best Feature Award at the Tacoma FF.
– 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.

“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.
Sundance: London, Visions du Réel, Viennale, RIDM, First Look (Museum of the Moving Image), IndieLisboa, Angers Premiers Plans, Hamptons IFF, DokuFest, Reykjavík IFF, Indie Memphis, among others.
Best Documentary Short at Zinebi Bilbao IFDSF, Young Canvas Best International Short Film at Black Canvas Contemporary FF, Special Mention at Cork IFF.
– 6’. United Kingdom.

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 FF, DOC NYC, BAFICI, Big Sky DFF, Indie Memphis, Ashland Independent FF, among others.
IDA Awards Best Feature shortlist, Calgary Underground FF Special Jury Mention.
– 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+ FF Jury Prize, Boston LGBT FF, 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. 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 FF, Riviera Maya FF Grand Prize, Zanate FF Grand Prize, Special Mention at DocsMX, Special Jury Prize at Santiago IDFF, Special Mention for “Immaterial Heritage” from the French Ministry of Culture at Cinéma du Réel, Guadalajara & Cartagena FFs (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 Official Selection, Best Feature at IDFA, European Film Awards Best Documentary Nominee, Jury Prize at San Francisco IFF, Cinematic Nonfiction Award at the Little Rock FF, 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 IFF.
– 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.
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