Since 2010, Belladone has united different artists working over a broad spectrum of artistic techniques, from cinema and sound design to photography and dance. The collective works closely with the artists on different pedagogical and cultural projects, as well as collaborations, residencies and workshops. Belladone also supervises the production of documentaries, podcasts and corporate movies.
For each project, Belladone aspires to create gratifying links between the singularity of the artist and the audience benefiting from the organisation’s actions. Through artistic means, we try to become enlightened actors of our world: changing mind-sets, creating a sense of unity and stimulating our public’s imagination is what we strive for. We therefore defend a transversal approach and a plurality of artistic techniques.
We are deeply rooted in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, where we developped many projects in collaboration with middle-schools, high-schools, social centres and other public infrastructures. In past years, Belladone has been known to collaborate with organisations such as Magic Cinéma, Cinémas 93, Périphérie, L’0eil à l’écoute, Citoyenneté Jeunesse, La Galerie d’Art contemporain de Noisy-Le-Sec, ARCADI, le conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis, les ateliers Médicis, l’association Silhouette, la DRAC, la maison des écrivains, le ministère de la culture, Est-Ensemble and many others. We also developped projects in the regions Île de France, Grand-Est, North, etc
Elise studied at the Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, at the École nationale d’art de Paris-Cergy and at the Atelier Documentaire de la FEMIS. She’s a film editor (Le Gavatx by Lorenz Findeisen, La vie rêvée des œuvres by Stan Neumann…), a film director (Un Mur au Sahara, Périmètres sensibles, Ici et là-bas…). She also organises workshops, formations and produces documentary podcasts for national radios such as Arte Radio, France Culture and RFI. In 2017, she developed a collaborative project in Noisy-le-Sec, and she was awarded a writing grant from Region Ile de France for her documentary project Les Monts gardés.
Anna Belguermi has studied at the Sorbonne, the Fémis and the École nationale d’arts de Paris-Cergy. She co-writes with other film-makers and works on her own films. She directed the short film Ulysse doit partir and is currently working on her first feature film. She has worked with Belladone on workshops centred around the creation of radios in middle-schools and in a foster farm for female convicts.
Since 2014, Julie has produced documentaries and worked on different audio-visual projects. Julie likes to dive deep into her projects in order to enter the world of the people involved in them. Coming from a multicultural background, she feels most at ease at this intersection between cultures and identities. As a History graduate, she worked in different non-profit organisations for twenty years. This experience has led her to understand the frailty of things.
In my work, I’m known as Max. I make films and write novels.
I am currently working on two major projects: a movie produced by New Shoes Productions, called J’affronterai la nuit (which is laureate for the Bourse Brouillon d’un rêve documentaire by the SCAM), and on my novel called Les Audacieux Modes d’Emploi d’une Triste Idiote.
I am currently teaching photography and video at the École de Design et d’architecture Camondo. For the last few years, I have built an art residency with the composer Antonio Giaffreda : QENHUN (questo_esercizio_non_ha_un_nome) in Parabita, in the Puglia region in the South of Italy. In August 2023, the residency will open a political film festival of work in progress: QUESTOfest. I am the art director for this festival.
I received a classical education: I went to the Beaux-Arts, to a prep school, a conservatory and did a master’s degree. I spent my childhood between the Parisian suburbs and Eastern Europe (thanks to my father’s work). I was raised in a fusion of theatre, rap, novels and English boxing. My mother is Indian, my father is Russian and I have a deep fondness for South America.
I love working on everyday life, the spoken tongue, the complexities of working with others and physical activity. These issues are at the centre of my artistic process, which is somewhere between fiction and documentary.
My work is built on the collaboration with the people around me as well as the public. My creative process could be summed up by this quote by Maurice Pialat: « If I tell you how to do something, you will do what I tell you to. And if you do what I tell you to, it won’t make any sense. You are the one that must make things ».
I think that my process could be qualified as a « humanist » one, in the Renaissance sense of the word. I am interested in seeing and representing the entirety of the world, as a social and political construct. In my work, I try to shed light on how it feels to be in a certain place at a certain time, and on what one might think and live in these circumstances: why is it that way? How else could it be?
Sound creator by formation, Thomas Guillaud-Bataille works for radio stations such as France Culture and ARTE Radio. He also organises workshops on sound design and podcasts. Thomas Guillaud-Bataille’s approach to sound design is both experimental and educational. He explores every genre audio creation has to offer with curiosity, from auto-fiction to news report, field recoding and documentary. He works with sounds from everyday life, trying to capture life as it sounds or as we perceive it. He directed radio creations for France Culture, le Mouv’ and ARTE Radio. He is the supervisor of a platform for the latter, the « Audioblogs » (http://audioblog.arteradio.com/). Thomas Guillaud-Bataille also hosts pedagogical workshops for students.
After studying acting at the Cours Florent, Julie Bonan did a master’s degree in cinema and audio-visual arts at Paris VIII University before graduating in 2001 from the Fémis (directing section).
Aside from her work as casting director for directors such as Noémie Lvovsky, Cédric Khan, Jacques Maillot, Hélène Fillières or Frédéric Videau, Julie Bonan’s short films Entre 4 murs and Fille Unique were selected in several festivals in Clermond Ferrand, Brest, Pantin and Munich, and were broadcasted on France 3 and ARTE. She produced La Leçon du Cinéma d’Agnes Varda in Cannes and Il était une fois… Les Enfants du Paradis, which was shown at the 62nd festival de Cannes before being made part of the exhibition on Marcel Carné at the French Cinémathèque.
As well as being an actress in the movie Variété Française selected at the Mostra de Venise in 2003, Julie Bonan directed a number of documentaries for ARTE (l’art et la manière, Cut up, Visages d’Europe, Arte web), France 3, France 5, la chaîne histoire or Paris Première, that cover a vast number of subjects such as blindness, hip hop, sound effect design, academic failure, public schooling (Ma France à moi, 70 mn, published on DVD at l’Harmattan), phobias, ruffians or public personas such as Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (52mn), Hervé Bourges (2X52mn), Jacqueline de Romilly (2X52mn), Pierre André-Boutang (2X52mn), Ernest Pignon-Ernest (26mn), Henri Cueco (26mn), Mode 2 (26mn), Speedy Graphito (26mn), Florent Marchet (26mn) or shorter pieces on writers such as André Brink, Lyonel Trouillot, Macha Makeïeff, Cécile Ladjali and Henri Bauchau.
She just finished a documentary series called Mes Copines ont du style (10x6mn) broadcasted on France-Télévision/Outremers which portrays women. She is currently working on a documentary on Salvador Puig Antich and preparing a documentary on a theatre company in Corsica. Her last documentary to date « Les Jours d’après » (68mn) tells the exile of three migrants.
Apart from the film workshops she leads in Parisian suburbs, she teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière, at the University de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and in high schools for the French Cinémathèque and the Maison du geste et de l’image.
Guillaume Levil has written and directed several short films and feature films that travelled around the world, such as Une lettre ne s’écrit pas, released in April 2014, and Le Problème du pantalon, a documentary broadcasted on France 3. Among his short films, he directed Arthur Rambo and written Fils (laureate for the « César Luxembourgeois »), that were selected by 95 and 160 festivals respectively.
Born in Germany, Lorenz directs creative documentaries, such as Le Gavatx (2013) and Le Bonheur est dans le Béton, a documentary on social housing that takes material from his own childhood (Etoile de la SCAM 2016). He also directed documentary series such as La Cuisine des Terroirs (ARTE) and L’Art et la Manière (ARTE). With Belladone, he often supervises audio-visual creative workshops.
After studying art history, performing arts and museology, Aurélie focused her work on images: she plays with the limits between visual arts and performing arts, the body of the artist and that of the spectator, and the frontier between imaginary world and material world. In 2014, she became a professor and researcher in the photography department of Paris VIII university (Saint-Denis). She regularly hosts workshops. She has performed at the Public Pool # 5 (C-E-A), at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) and her work was exhibited at the CAC of Brétigny, Jeune Création (Paris), Les Brasseurs art centre (Liège), the MAAC (Brussels), the Centre d’Art et de Photography (Lectoure) and at the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse Normandie (Hérouville-Saint-Clair) amongst others. She is currently working on a film about the artist Marlène Saldana.
Born in the Dominican Republic of Congo, Yves Mwamba learned contemporary dance at Kabako Studios. In 2013, he performed in Drums and Digging by Faustin Linyekula, which premiered at the Cloitre des Célestins at the festival d’Avignon. In 2016, he performed in Debout (se relever) by Djino Alolo Sabin and Qu’est-ce qu’il y a juste après ? by the KMK company (Nuit Blanche). In 2017, he performed with Faustin Linyekula again on his project Sur les traces de Dinozord at the Théâtre Paris-Villette (100% Afrique) and toured in the USA. He is currently working on Soleil (Cie Kivuko), and is a laureate for the Création en Cours grant. He is now creating a choreographic piece: Mbonge. He often leads workshops with Belladone.
Mathilde Guermonprez is a documentarist for ARTE Radio (SMS Amor, C’est maman, as well as the famous L’autre mère). She co-directs documentaries for the journal “Libération”’s website, as well as for the “Revue XXI” and the Louvre museum. She is a laureate of the SCAM Brouilllon d’un rêve sonore grant for social and intimate productions, and she leads workshops for middle-schools and associations in the Paris region. In 2017, she led a participative project in the Londeau neighbourhood.
Silvia Staderoli writes and directs documentaries and short fiction films. On the side of her artistic projects, she hosts workshops for different audiences. Amongst others, she has directed Mon mur moi (Vivofilm/ PicoFilm/ARTE/ ZDF) and Carlo (Les films d’ici/ ARTE). She is currently finishing two documentaries: Grazia, l’Italie et les autres (To be continued/ Région Ile de France) and Lettre à ma fille du pays des femmes (Les Films d’ici/ VosgesTV). She worked on the short film Lola (Cined/Région Corse/France Télévision), and is now preparing for her next project, the docu-fiction Un Amour (Acqua Alta). Since 2015 she has led workshops in collaboration with many partners such as the Sorbonne Nouvelle, the Maison du geste et l’image, the Centre Pompidou, Cinéma Public, La ligue de l’enseignement, Enfance au cinéma, Passeurs d’image and the Collectif Belladone.
After studying philosophy and political sciences, Marjolaine became a journalist for the press, until she discovered the art of documentary cinema and started working for Quark productions. She was formed at the Ateliers Varan and the Gobelins school. She has directed films for non-profits as well as different organisations and museums, and has participated in the making of several TV documentaries. In 2017, she directed the documentary Bonne Maman et Le Corbusier.