Born in Lima to a Swiss-Peruvian father and Chilean mother, Isabel Custer grew up in Miami with a love of comedy, musicals and epics. While in high school, she lived in Beijing for 6 months and upon returning to the States, she decided that movies would be her storytelling medium. At 16, she wrote, directed and edited her first film A Lonely Place Apart.
In 2003, 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 Caribbean and African Literature. Her two films at NYU were Salome, based on Oscar Wilde’s play and Reina Mañana, an original drama about the chance encounter of two cancer-stricken women from different sociocultural backgrounds.
Upon graduating, she hired the technical crew and organized scheduling for the Jay Martel’s first independent feature film Terrorists. After 5 years in New York City, she left to spend 5 months volunteering 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.
During 7 years in Paris, Isabel worked as a production assistant and travelled all over Europe, Asia and Africa, following her passion for visiting sacred sites. While in Paris, she also completed a Masters in Film, TV and New Media at La Sorbonne in 2011, which she finished by short stint in content distribution and working at MIPTV content market in Cannes.
Looking for roots, Isabel moved to Chile, where she worked for a time in advertising and news media. While doing so, she directed a spot for a foundation Aprendamos Juntos, did camera for the local edition of Lollapalooza and created her own non-profit, Beneciclo, to distribute adapted tricycles to children with disabilities. 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 Extended Play and in 2016, she released her first full length album Girl with No Country, a mellow pop music that mixes Latin American and Polynesian rhythms.
In 2019, she directed the music video for her song Sau Sau in Easter island, which was selected at the Santa Fe Film Festival, LA International Film Festival and the Filmgate NOLA Film Festival. Her first Spanish-language song, Conocerte (To Know You With My Mouth), was nominated for best Latin song at the Palm Beach International Music Awards 2021. She is currently living in Miami, developing her first feature comedy Success en tu Life.