Isabel Custer, born in Lima to a Swiss-Peruvian father and Chilean mother, grew up fascinated with intrepid heroines of the past. Women who carved out their spaces in history throughout uncharted territories of the Middle East and Asia stoked her enthusiasm early on for filmmaking. While at school, she lived in Beijing for 6 months. On her return, she decided that movies would be her storytelling medium and she wrote, directed and edited her first film.
Isabel got her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Film and Television Production at Tisch School of the Arts, New york University, where she also studied Comparative Literature. Her two short films at NYU were “Salome” based on Oscar Wilde’s drama and “Reina Mañana”, an original drama about the chance encounter of two cancer-stricken women from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Upon graduating, she put together the technical crew and scheduling for the Jay Martel’s first independent feature film “Terrorists”. After 5 years in New York City, adventure called her again and she spent 5 months living in Sri Lanka, following the 2004 tsunami. Her writings from that time were published as “Letters from Colombo” by Editions L’Harmattan in Paris, 2007.
Enamoured with French culture, Isabel lived in Paris for 7 years where she worked intermittently as a production assistant and travelled all over Europe, Asia and Africa, following her passion for visiting sacred sites and pilgrimages. While in Paris, she also completed a Masters in Film, TV and New Media at La Sorbonne in 2011, which she finished by managing 100% Distribution stand at MIPTV in Cannes.
After years of living in the US, Europe and stints in Asia, Isabel felt a need to find roots and moved to Chile. She directed a spot for a foundation “Aprendamos Juntos” and covered the local edition of Lollapalooza but the urge to get back to writing and directing her own material was stronger. In 2014, Isabel crowdfunded, co-produced and directed the short film “Night of the Living Data” a dark comedy shot in Los Angeles, CA.
For the past 10 years, Isabel has also been an avid songwriter and performer having written 100 original songs. In 2012 in Paris she recorded her first EP and in 2016, she released her first full length album “Girl with No Country”.
In 2017, she completed three feature screenplays, “Stromboli: Terre des hommes”, a drama set in Italy, the original comedy “Success En Tu Life” set in Miami, and “The Last Sibling”, a WWII drama adapted from celebrated Chilean author Jorge Edwards’ novel “La Última Hermana”.