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, appeared on MovieWeb’s list of top LGBTQ+ films of 2021, and is streaming on Here TV. Films Isidore has edited, written, and produced include What We Leave Behind, Of Men and War, Hummingbirds, and “Some Kind of Intimacy.” Those and others in his filmography have screened at Cannes, SXSW, the Berlinale, and Sundance London as well as on POV, Op-Docs, the Criterion Channel, and Netflix, receiving over 40 awards, Mexican Academy, European Film Academy, BIFA, and Gotham Award nominations, and Vimeo Staff, 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, Catapult, and France’s CNC and Mexico’s IMCINE film boards. Isidore has been one of DOC NYC’s “40 Under 40” and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
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 UT Austin, Oxford, and Yale. He has mentored filmmakers through programs such as the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania, Stone Soup’s filmmaking classes for preteens, and Doc Amazonie Caraïbe in French Guiana. Films he has accompanied as a consultant or mentor have premiered at the Venice Critics’ Week, IDFA, and Visions du Réel. 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, people of color, disabled, neurodiverse, and/or LGBTQ+ as well as with others.