It is immediately apparent to anyone who meets her that the 30-year-old Belle is a firmly grounded old soul.Exhibit A: Her high school girlfriends still make up her inner circle.A former dancer herself, Belle couldn’t stop crying while viewing the original short film, shot by a cinematographer friend, and felt compelled to pursue the special subject as a full-length documentary.
Belle’s proudest Hamptons moment by far, however, has been learning to stand up while wakesurfing with Global Boarding in Sag Harbor.
She rewards herself with a visit to Buddha Berry, where the self-professed diehard frozen yogurt and candy lover wants to try the whole lot.
Franco’s Elysium Bandini Studios, a philanthropic streaming video platform, combines The Art of Elysium with his Rabbit Bandini production company in a collaboration to support fledgling filmmakers.
Set in the late 1800s, The Mad Whale tells the story of women in a mental asylum who stage a play based on Moby-Dick.
It is always nice witnessing his support of young filmmakers.”All proceeds from the film will go to the nonprofit group The Art of Elysium.
Founded 20 years ago by an actress with a friend who had been diagnosed with leukemia, the organization is committed to ensuring that no child goes through treatment alone, among other endeavors. “Even if it’s not financial, you can always give your time, which is invaluable and priceless.” Volunteering at The Art of Elysium has been a priority for her; she leads improvisations and acting games with chronically ill and disfigured young people to help them cope with emotional challenges.
I’m always proactive—I have a great life.” As an only child, she surmises, not having siblings has caused her to choose friends more judiciously.
Quality is more important than quantity, and her closest friends are like family.
Having lunch with Camilla Belle during her first Hamptons holiday last year, I was captivated by her buoyancy and a maturity well beyond her years.