Isabel Freeman has been working in documentary film since 2005. She was an associate editor on Edet Belzberg’s Watchers of the Sky, which won the Editing Award at Sundance. She produced and edited the feature-length documentary Stephanie in the Water, about seven-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore. This film premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and was recently listed number 19 on the top 58 surf films of all time by The Inertia.
Isabel edited Jesse Cain’s experimental film, Slow Burn, which premiered at New York Film Festival. Her work on Jamie Jones’s short film, The Nest, starring Vicky McClure, screened at London Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and Tampere. Valley of a Thousand Hills, directed by Jess Colquhoun, won a Golden Gate Award at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. She co-edited the award-winning short Little Miss Sumo, which will soon be available on Netflix in 190 countries.
While at Picture Farm in Brooklyn, Isabel was on the edit team behind ESPN’s digital campaign for the 2014 World Cup, which won a Sports Emmy and a Sports CLIO. She has also edited work for Apple, Google, Nike, The New York Times and Major League Soccer.
In her three years serving as Head of Production and Commissioner for the London-based company Huck, Isabel produced over 25 short films. She represented Huck at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2017 as part of the Doc/Dispatch initiative with four other commissioners from The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Field of Vision, and The New York Times, respectively.
Isabel directed the documentary short Nights of Glory about a queer pub in London, which screened at BFI Flare, the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. She also co-directed two short films with Jamie Brisick—Rhymes With Shove and The Interrogation of Kim Gordon.
Isabel is now based in New York, where she is working on her first documentary feature about the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift.