Anne Belle

Documentarian, filmmaker

Oscar-nommed filmmaker Anne Belle, who created three docs about professional ballet, died of a heart attack June 18 in New York City. She was 68.

Ballet-trained herself, she won her nom for 1996 film (co-directed with Deborah Dickson), “Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse,” about choreographer George Balanchine’s final inspiration. Belle and Dickson also directed “Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas” in 1989, and Belle produced “Reflections of a Dancer: Alexandra Danilova” in 1987.

She also produced, directed and edited short films for Children’s Television Workshop; her first two docs, for PBS, “Baymen — Our Waters Are Dying,” about clam diggers on Long Island and “Henry,” about an old man living on a barge in the Hudson River; and more. Her films have been shown at festivals around the world, including at the Sundance and New York Dance Film Festivals. Her first two films, shown on.

Born in Chile, she grew up in Canada, Morocco and England, then studied ballet in London. Moving to New York City, she worked as a freelance writer and an editor at House & Garden mag. She also received an M.F.A. from the NYU’s Graduate Institute of Film and TV.

She is survived by husband John Belle, a daughter, a son, three stepchildren, six grandchildren, and a brother.

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