"And you can see it in Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld’s recent virtual-reality film, THOUGH YOU, in which movement and gesture take possession of the viewer in a way that, for me at least, has never been replicated." - NY Times
Image of Damiano Ottavio Bigi and Clémentine Deluy in Wim Wenders’s 2011 film, PINA. Credit Donata Wenders/Sundance Selects
Excited to share that Through You is now available on Oculus Video for Gear VR.
To celebrate the relase, Oculus interviewed Lily and Saschka.
And more to follow-
"Known as pioneers and mavericks in their own fields of dance, the partnership between Unseld and Baldwin is aimed at creating an intimate narrative..." - VRFocus
"Athough dance and virtual reality seemingly lay at polar ends of the creative spectrum, they can come together to make incredibly moving artistic experiences. That, at least, holds true for co-directors Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld in their new piece Through You..." - Filmmaker Magazine
"Other than a few recent experiments that brought ballet into virtual reality, it's largely untouched territory. Until now: A new dance film directed by Saschka Unseld and Lily Baldwin creates a movement-filled world where the viewer is as much a part of the story as the performers." - Dance Magazine
"Through You, which is an emotional and poetic experimental film that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with camera movements and over 200 edits." - Voices of VR Podcast
It's a soiree screened as a split screen installation on July 14, 2017 for SUPPORT Your Local Culture, which was initiated by Malith Krishnaratne and hosted by the Kulturförderpunkt Berlin - a offering of Kulturprojekte Berlin - in cooperation with the Netzwerk Junge Kulturvereine Berlin with curation by artbust berlin. Congratualtions to all.
More photos from the entire event here.
Amongst filmmakers Brandon Li, Anson Fogel and Gioacchino Petronicce, Lily is honored to be one of "Vimeo's greatest creators" featrued in this issue of 99 Percent Lifestyle.
"Volume 2 of 99 Percent Lifestyle looks at how creativity is an integral part of today’s modern world. In this magazine, we also look at a variety of topics across the lifestyle world including features that will inspire you to travel the world, become more creative and articles to help you start your own business."
Thought provoking panel alongside badass queer women at the New Frontier of Storytelling: Sundance Virtual Reality Panel at Outfest in LA.
Photo courtesy of Sundance and more info here.
Since it's premiere at Sundance in January 2017, Through You contnues to appear at numerous festivals internationally.
San Francisco International Film Festival
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
World VR Forum
Watershed- Virtual Reality Sessions
Nantucket Film Festival
Phi Centre- Lucid Realities
Raindance Film Festival
Lily and Saschka featured in the NY Times, article by Gia Kourlas, for their collaboration in making Through You.
"And she loves weird. With virtual reality, she’s figured out a way to change a viewer’s sense of body. 'I think of the film as the stage,' she said. 'I cut the stage and wrap it around you.'
But perhaps even better is that with virtual reality, it’s still the early days. 'There’s no rules,' she added. 'It’s just a big, dirty sandbox.' - NY Times
Parthenon, staring Lily, by Frank Mosely has its World Premiere at Sarasota Film Festival followed by screening at Maryland Film Festival.
In this psychological thriller, "A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. PARTHENON is a slippery provocation on art, control, and perception."
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Storyscapes Award: TREEHUGGER : WAWONA created by Barnaby Steel (Co-Founder, Creative Director), Ersin Han Ersin (artist, Creative Director) and Robin McNicholas (Co-founder, Creative Director) of Marshmallow Laser Feast. Winner receives $10,000, presented by AT&T. The award was given by Lily Baldwin, Charlotte Cook, Julia Kaganskiy, Michael Premo, and Sarah Wolozin, along with Ryan Luckey, AVP, Corporate Sponsorships, AT&T.
Jury Comments: “The project we chose exemplifies the highest standards of artistry and inventiveness. It explores the potential for new visual forms and investigates unique modes of storytelling that allow us to tap into aspects the world and our lived experience that are intuitively known but seldom articulated. Through its use of poetic abstraction, embodiment, and the viewer’s own imagination and interpretation, we are able to unlock new ways of understanding and experiencing the world around us. We’ve selected this piece because we hope it will inspire others to start creating in ways that take risks and use the limitations of technology to revamp story and experience. The Storyscapes Award goes to TREEHUGGER : WAWONA.”
Read more and about all the awards on the Tribeca website here.
Lily's on the jury at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for Storyscapes, and in great company. Take a look.
Women to Watch by Lily Baldwin- Official Vimeo Channel
“For me this collection is about saying to women: all this kind of stuff exists and more. Don’t try to fit in. Think outside who’ve you considered yourself to be. Move beyond daring yourself to think ‘like a dude’ and just think all you can think. Being a woman is a badge of honor for me, but let’s imagine a moment when it isn’t such a thing — something to defend or fight for. I want someone to like my work because they resonate with it, not because I’m a woman. I’d like to propose a world that isn’t cemented in binary oppositions, especially in our increasingly polarized world. Connection is the goal, right?"- Lily on Vimeo's blog on the importance of ladies behind the lens
When verticality gets trite and my collaborator Sashka Unseld is always game. Thanks Paper Magazie for letting us reconstitute the chair during our Through You photo shoot. Photo by Albert Sanchez & Pedro Zalba.
Featured by Sundance Film Festival in their Meet the Artist series- Lily and Sashka on making Through You
“The presence we embody in the experience is the memory our main dancer has of a lover in her youth,” Baldwin and Unseld explain. “We, the presence of her memory, stay will her throughout her whole life. We are her unrelenting memory (never-ending connection, enduring witness). We exist through her. We are her capacity to love and feel.” - The Creators Project
Lily Baldwin and Sashka Unseld, photo by Cameron Berton
"The potency of VR is combining the intensity of immersion with all the tech limitations, and then using these as tools to articulate something that couldn’t exist in any other medium — and should absolutely not be possible in real life." - Lily on VR in THROUGH YOU- How a New VR Project Dances with Intimacy in Sundance
Above- Lily directing Joanna Kotze and Amari Cheatom with Saschka and DP Dagmar Weaver-Madsen. Photo by Cameron Berton.
THROUGH YOU, a new VR experience by Lily and Saschka Unseld, will premiere at the 2017 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival this January in Park City, Utah.
"Dance is used to inhabit a common mortal story of love born, lived, lost, burned and seemingly gone forever—only to be found again." Featuring Joanna Kotze, Amari Cheatom, Marni Thomas Wood.
IT'S A SOIREE screened in Non-Dance Dance Film, part of the Movement Research Fall Festival on November 28 at Judson Church.
"In cinema, the rhythm of editing, the space of framing, the clarity of focus, the influence of sound, and the permission to experiment with non-linear storytelling do not mirror, but, together, simulate the experience of dance."
Curators Brighid Greene and Kayvon Pourzer above. More event details here.
Lily selceted as one of the invited innovators, considered the "rising stars of virtual reality," at the inagural DevLab- "a new initiative from Oculus & Kaleidoscope to support independent VR creators and explore the boundaries of virtual reality as an art form." She's developing GLASS- INVISIBLE YOU.
More about DevLab and the other artists here.
Watch COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS now on Netflix!
Add it to your list here!
A takeaway from Lily's personal account of being stalked for the past seven years in the September Issue of Glamour Magazine, online here.
For more information about this movement, visit StopStalkingUs.com.
Interview on everything from inspiration to "biggest" surprises.
Lily as a Creative MVP in Pregrame Magazine online here.
This panel will take a look at how new opportunities in virtual reality are expanding traditional storytelling and independent filmmaking. This overlap and the many other opportunities in VR will be tackled by a panel of creators that are experimenting within that medium today.
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Sundance Institute and Jaunt Studios Announce
Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld as latest additions to their VR Residency Program
Official Press Release!
"During their immersive residency, artists will pioneer new ways of delivering narrative through cinematic virtual reality and receive a grant to make their virtual reality short films." - Sundance Institute
"Filmmaker and dancer Lily Baldwin joins forces with director and writer Saschka Unseld to bring audiences THROUGH YOU, a love story over a lifetime in virtuality. The project, which explores topics ranging from love and rage to passion and mortality, spans multiple decades, from the early 1970s to the late 1980s and beyond." - Filmmaker Magazine
"In SWALLOWED, the dancer Lily Baldwin directs Mr. Carbone’s dream as a “Rosemary’s Baby”-style horror movie, casting herself as a new mother for whom parenthood is a disembodying experience." - New York Times
"SWALLOWED captures a different kind of fury, following a mother (Baldwin) as she comes to resent breastfeeding her child, feeling detached from her family and society at large.... A disturbingly inscrutable coda connects SWALLOWED to the concern with stereotypes, and multimedia's exploitation thereof, that runs through this haunting collection like a fine, sharp wire." - Slant Magazine
"The last segment, directed by Lily Baldwin and dreamt by Carbone, is also one of the most ambitious. Of her conceptual approach, Baldwin writes, “People don’t like to admit how strange they are, and that reality is just a performance.” Her swelling fever dream follows a suburban mom’s descent into madness as her life is upturned by a creature or idea that begins to consume her. “The real stuff of us is non-sequitur, dichotomous, sexy, violent, peaceful, childlike, absurdist, fun,” Baldwin writes. “The heading of ‘dreams’ gives us permission to be ourselves and have us trust things that don’t make sense.” Utilizing her dance background, she creates an otherworldly experience that swirls dizzyingly towards insanity, but feels vital and somehow familiar." - Jeffrey Bowers at Vimeo
"A mood piece...in alien sickness...carnival-esque group dance scenes...and richly disgusting sound design. In its tangential last act, we witness, perhaps, the origin story of something malevolent being born into our world." - NoBudge on SWALLOWED
"What began as a quick five-part web series evolved into one of the most original debut features of 2016. Now, the film will be available to the public to download for free exclusively on BitTorrent on August 9th, complete with bonus features, samples of the directors’ previous work, and the original recordings of the dreams they adapted." - IndieWire
Get not only the full film, but amazing extras like Lily's notes to dancers, shooting script, mood board, premise treatement, footage from rehearsals, and the above photo aka the parasite special effects reference.
And don't fret...
Lily and SWALLOWED producer Andrew Houchens dressed for hot weather in Palm Springs.
Screened in the 2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest in the Heaven and Hell program.
"On an intellectual/metaphorical level, SWALLOWED the film is the story of a woman’s swallowed truth that grows into this thing she’s living with that sometimes comes out, and sometimes stays in." - excerpt from an interview with We Are Moving Stories from their coverage of Palm Springs
"Spearheaded by Dan Schoenbrun, who, at the time of production was Head of Film for Kickstarter, the project assembles a hotshot team of rising stars of the short format including site alums Lauren Wolkstein and Lily Baldwin.... The films of this project are uncompromisingly experimental, blending the individual filmmaker’s established strengths with surreality." - Short of the Week
"The mere suggestion of new work from the likes of Carbone, Decker, Wolkstein, Bodomo and Baldwin is enticing enough to overcome any aversion to dream-telling." - Film Pulse
"As one of the filmmakers, it must have been quite an eerie, amazing experience to see your dreams on the big screen: yours, but not just yours anymore." - Screen Slate
"As they say, there’s much more going on in the unconscious — more of artistic use, anyway — than we understand." - Open Culture
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Interviewed by Brooklyn Magazine in their article BAMcinemaFest: Meet the Directors of This Year’s Best Brooklyn Films with the COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS crew on everything from neighborhoods to movie recommendatinos.
Lily's movie pick: MARY POPPINS- She’s such a badass protagonist, one of my quiet heroes.
"As ever, the eighth annual BAMcinemaFest, running June 15-26, shines a spotlight on the best of American independent film, from hot-topic documentaries to studio-supported rising stars and regional gems. Also as ever, this year’s lineup includes new features from some of our favorite local filmmakers." - Brooklyn Magazine
And in addition...
"Thankfully, the shorts themselves are just as richly imaginative as the overarching concept" - COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS one of the top picks for the BAMcinemafest from Brooklyn Magazine
Listen to Lily spill her guts on creative process, beginning life as a dancer, and other juicy points. Plus other fun tidbits on their blog, like that Lily's spirit animal is the wolf. Lily Baldwin: It's Not My Own Trip on She Does Podcast
"Baldwin talks about the rigor and commitment of dancers, coming into film as a “second career,” the responsibility she feels as an artist to pull from her own experiences and educate, and “working your buns off” to be the ultimate version of yourself.” - Try On Who We Could Be in FIlmmaker Magazine on Lily Baldwin
"Five independent filmmakers interpret each other’s dreams in “Collective:Unconscious,” an omnibus feature whose intriguing premise bears fruit in a diverting, diverse array of idiosyncratic miniatures." - Variety
Having the most fun at SWSW in matching jumpsuits.
GO WOMEN GO.
First omnibus feature ever in competition at SXSW!
"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you." - Misty Copeland on being a Women of the Year in Glamour Magazine
Lily above with the other Women of the Year Documentary filmmakers Marta Cunningham, Amanda Marsalis, Jessica Sanders, Cindi Leive, Jennifer Baichwal, Alex Stapleton, Brandon Milbradt, Janicza Bravo and Marjan Tehrani attending the 2015 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour.
"The way she moved with Misty was unlike anything I'd seen. I'm forever inspired and changed by my experience with Lily." - read more about Brandon Milbrandt experience working with Lily and the other filmmakers in Here's What It's Like to Work With 8 Award-Winning Women Directors
"The first time in the event's quarter-century history that the date was officially declared Women of the Year Day by the Mayor of New York City." - 2015 Women of the Year Awards recap on Glamour Magazine
Check out the fancy official proclamation on Glamours Insta. #EveryWomenCan #woty2016
"Working with Misty and the momentum that surrounds her has actually been breathtaking. Misty is a vulnerable woman and a brazen mascot for so many. She inspires dreams. She is a hero for the outsider—for anyone "late to the game," for anyone told "you have the wrong body." Misty's journey reveals a profound truth: If you work hard, your difference can make you special. You can be who you want to be. Literally." - Lily on working with Misty Copeland in Glamour Magazine
Lily and legendary ballerina Raven Wilkinson share a moment.
"Why We Hope It Heads To Park City: Kickstarter’s Dan Schoenbrun curated this mysterious anthology of five short films cobbled together based off contributing filmmakers’ “dream statements.” Pitched as “The Twilight Zone” by way of Buñuel...that makes “collective:unconscious” just the kind of showcase that would fit right in at Sundance." - INDIEWIRE SUNDANCE WISHLIST
SLEEPOVER LA is featured as VIMEO'S SHORT OF THE WEEK!
"In this hypnotic film dance is used as a diaphanous storytelling tool, in which the dreamy narrative is at the service of the choreography; movement wafts through it." Gia Kourlas, The New York Times. Read More.
Lily will be working with 4 talented NYC filmmakers on an innovative new web series:COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS
Read about it in INDIEWIRE
A great mention in the NY Times! "The web houses an array of dance videos including the stylized films of Lily Baldwin...."
Lily is honored as a female filmmaker at AESTHETICA MAGAZINE
EAMS Productions represented by American Independents and IFP.
Sea Meadow will be presented again at SXSW 2014 with Hollyshorts through Daily Motion.
Sea Meadow screening, 2013, what an honor.
Thanks to Anna Sampers for including us in her list: Milwuakee's Top Ten Films, 2012
Sea Meadow screens in the BEST OF SXSW selection for their 30th anniversary celebration!
with a roster of other good ones. December 2012
wins award at Portland Maine Film Festival, October 2012.
at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, November 2012.
signs with SHORTS INTERNATIONAL for worldwide distribution!
in Berlin with Stephanie A. Custance, she creates a body of work based on film stills from Lily's, It Was At Westbeth called, Portrait of A Woman. Stephanie's collection, in addition to several of Lily's film stills, show in December '12 at Art Basel Miami Beach Davis Satellite Show.
Sea Meadow, It's a Soiree, Wilderness, Work on Me and It Was At Westbeth screen August 4th, 2012 at The Sommerville Theatre in Boston, Ma. Details
One night in a hotel. What happens when you leave the world you know? When you go to a place where you donʼt know anyone, least of all yourself.
at New Media Film Festival 2012 in Los Angeles.
Go see this remarkable show at the MOMA.
It's a Soiree premieres at The Hangar in Miami.
The 7th annual HollyShorts Film Festivalkicked off on Thursday August 11 at the Arclight Hollywood with a star studded opening night celebration and packed red carpet.
Miami Short Film Festival, 2011
WOW Tour 2011 International Shorts Program, South Australia
Dance:Film11 Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011
Hollyshorts, Los Angeles, 2011
Winner "Shot on Red", New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2011
Beverly Hills Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2011
New Filmmakers, Los Angeles and New York, 2011
Winner "Most Original Concept", Los Angeles New Wave International Film Fest, 2011
Winner "Award of Merit", Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, 2010
Winner "Best Music Video", Metropolitan Film Festival of NYC, 2010
"Official Best of Fest", Withoutabox
London Short Film Festival, 2011
Glastonbury Film Festival, 2011
Glovebox Short film and animation festival, Boston, 2011
Zero Film Festival, New York, 2011
Gotham Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Independent Film Festival, 2011
Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, 2010
The St. John's International Women's Film Festival, 2011
Indie Cinema Series, Los Angeles, 2011