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Director Spotlight: Isidore Bethel on ACTS OF LOVE

Published: October 18, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

Filmmaker magazine named Isidore Bethel one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” last year. We’re honored to host him in Chicago this week for a special screening of his new film Acts of Love, a docu-fiction hybrid story about make sexuality he co-directed with Francis Leplay. The Hollywood Reporter called Acts of Love, which was shot in Chicago, an “exciting, genre-bending film” that “stands out in its exploration of attraction, desire, sex and intimacy.”

Get your tickets now to see this innovative film, as well as a live Q&A with Bethel and actor Ed Sanderson following the screening, on Tuesday Oct. 19 at 8:30pm.

What’s the last great film you’ve seen?

Jordan Lord’s Shared Resources

Where’s your favorite spot to sit in a movie theatre?


Third row from the screen, right in the middle.


What’s your favorite movie theatre snack and/or drink?

Ice cream and a beer.

Who should play you in a movie about your life?

Someone who would approach the situations I’ve experienced totally differently from how I have.

What’s your favorite Chicago food staple?

I had Al’s Italian beef once and it was an experience. I can’t remember if it was dipped or wet.

What does it mean to you to be back seeing movies in a theatre alongside fellow movie-lovers?

It’s about being able to hear your neighbors breathe, gasp, chuckle, whisper, shift in their seats.


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