Lily Baldwin is a queer artist, filmmaker, and actor based in NYC, Berlin, and LA. Baldwin combines her deep love of dance and film to craft visceral stories with dreamscapes and stylized documentary. Focusing on hybrid forms, she blurs supernatural, action and thriller genres. Recent experiences living with disability give her a unique inside-out lens; she bridges disabled and able-bodied perspectives.
Her works have screened at all major festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Berlinale, and the Venice Biennale, and have been exhibited around the world at galleries and museums including Lincoln Center, the V&A Museum, Miami Art Basel, and Carnegie Hall. Her shorts are featured on The Criterion Channel, Netflix, Amazon, Filmmaker Magazine, and NOWNESS, among others.
Her psychological thriller SWALLOWED premiered in the omnibus feature COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS. Previous work also includes SLEEPOVER LA, A JUICE BOX AFTERNOON, and SEA MEADOW (Academy-qualifying theatrical run). She choreographed the music video SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Blood Orange / Dev Hynes and the opening event at Times Square with Arto Lindsay for PERFORMA 09. As a dancer, Baldwin performed on the world tour of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s album EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN TODAY, with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Lily co-created and performed in TERRAIN: A Docu-Dream. This expanded cinema installation brings together dance, documentary, 360-degree immersive video, virtual interactivity, and spatial design. Baldwin also co-directed THROUGH YOU, an award-winning VR installation in which The New York Times noted “Movement and gesture take possession of the viewer in a way that has never been replicated.”
Independent Magazine names her as one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch”, Short of the Week compares her work to David Lynch, and The New York Times says her “work has a visceral power similar to Cronenberg’s.”
Baldwin has been a juror for the Tribeca Film Festival, taught and lectured at numerous Universities, is a Sundance Institute New Frontier fellow, a Nantucket Screenwriters Colony Fellow, and a member of the Guild of Future Architects, with whom she will publish her short-fiction piece “Kaleidecopia” in their upcoming 20 DECADES OF 2020 book, based on a Futurist Writers’ Room series.
Lily is the creator and host of the podcast STORIES OF THE STALKED, a genre bending true-crime series based on her personal experience being stalked that merges memoir with journalism and immersive soundscape (Ventureland, Feast Collective, Hana Walker-Brown, Audible UK). Baldwin is also directing an upcoming feature-length narrative thriller, an sci-fi documentary series, and radically reimagining her artistic position within the art world. Additionally, based on her recent experience living in and out of the disability world and insights related to stillness and pain, Baldwin was named a Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program Grantee (supported by the MacArthur Foundation) and is on Creative Capital's 2022 shortlist for her forthcoming documentary feature, CHRONICLE OF HIP. She is the founder of STOP STALKING US, a nonprofit that unites people impacted by the dangerous, often invisible, crime of stalking.
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