A filmmaking workshop for kids ages 9 -14 by Children’s Art Foundation—Stone Soup, publishers of Stone Soup Magazine.
In this class, writing first-person texts, recording still images and short videos, and interpreting their meanings aloud will be starting points for developing individual approaches to filmmaking. Over the course of our time together, students will brainstorm, workshop, edit, and present a short film. Discussing and writing about other filmmakers and their work will complement our own filmmaking journeys. The class will favor examples from nonfiction and first-person filmmaking, where a film’s stakes spill over into real life.
Isidore Bethel is a director, editor, and producer, whose filmmaking focuses on moments where individuals reinvent themselves through storytelling. His directorial debut Liam received the Paris LGBTQ+ Film Festival’s Jury Prize in 2018, and his second feature Acts of Love premiered at Hot Docs in 2021. His work as editor and producer has screened at Cannes (Official Selection and ACID), on Netflix, on US public television, at the Museum of Modern Art, and at the Pompidou Center, receiving 16 festival awards, a Mexican Academy and European Film Academy nomination, and a New York Times Critic’s Pick. He has mentored filmmakers through programs such as the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania, UnionDocs in New York, Sundance’s Art of Editing fellowship, and Doc Amazonie Caraïbe in French Guiana. He is a US and French citizen and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Parsons Paris, and France’s national film school, La Fémis. Filmmaker Magazine included him among its “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020.