How and when do we take professional risks?
The films we see are often formulaic, because that's what backers want. Filmmaker Isidore Bethel, Harvard College 11, director, producer, editor will walk us through the exciting challenges he's faced in committing to original forms of filmmaking in an uncertain international financial landscape.
The conversation will be hosted by Denise Silber, Harvard Club of France, Vice President for Communication and followed by a super networking cocktail after the Q's & A's.
Isidore's original works - we will see video examples - include: first-person stories of mourning and desire, Canadian indigenous peoples, the « pieds-noirs » in France, the first queer refugee from Ethiopia to France, war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, horse wranglers in Jalisco.
Isidore Bethel is a French-American filmmaker who has produced and edited films that have been screened at the Cannes Festival (Official Selection), MoMA, and the Pompidou Center. His work as a director has received the Paris LGBTQ+ Film Festival's Jury price and has been screened at the Boston LGBT, Los Angeles, and Atlanta Film Festivals as well as in galleries in the US, the UK, and Mexico.
He has been a Lagardère Foundation, and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Fellow, a Berlinale Talents, Tribeca Film Institute Network, IFP, Film Independent, and Eurodoc Fellow, as well as an artist-in-residence with the Académie de France à Rome's Villa Medici Villa Medici, and the University of Kent and a Guest Artist at CalArts and Yale. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Parsons in Paris.
Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Place: Linklaters, 25 rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris
Price: Members & Guests €15, Non-members €25