Lily Baldwin is a queer artist, filmmaker and performer working in fiction and documentary focusing on genre-bending forms. The body has always been her lens, ally and alphabet. She’s captivated by visceral stories that disobey narrative conventions in order to find common ground. Lily began as a dancer and works across NYC, LA and Berlin.
Her work often sources personal experience, as in the podcast she wrote and hosted STORIES OF THE STALKED (Peabody Awards nominee). Currently she’s developing CHRONICLE OF HIP (Creative Capital Shortlist, Sundance IDP grant), a feature documentary film about Baldwin’s journey losing control of her body, from crash-and-burn, to living with a rare illness in a societal ecosystem that dismisses a woman in pain. These experiences inform the vantage point of a new collection of stills and video art exploring “deficient bodies” and cyborg aesthetics, FALLING FOR THIS STRANGE(R) INSIDE.
Baldwin’s multidisciplinary approach to creation, moving image and self awareness has built a background with films in festivals like Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW and La Biennale di Venezia. Her work has also been exhibited around the world at venues including Lincoln Center, the V&A Museum, and Carnegie Hall with her documentary about Misty Copeland. Her shorts are featured on The Criterion Channel, Netflix, Amazon, Filmmaker Magazine, and NOWNESS, among others.
In the field of live arts has performed with David Byrne, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Trisha Brown, Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Annie-B Parson among others, and also as a choreographer at the opening event at Times Square with Arto Lindsay for Performa NYC. She acts on screen in PARTHENON and WAVES.
Lily explores the intersection of performance and technology in TERRAIN: A DOCU-DREAM (Venice Film Festival), an expanded cinema installation bringing together dance, documentary, 360-degree immersive video, virtual interactivity, and spatial design. Baldwin co-directed THROUGH YOU (Sundance), 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.”
She is the founder of STOP STALKING US, a nonprofit that unites people impacted by the dangerous, often invisible, crime of stalking. In the works: A feature film PROFANE, her mythic thriller inspired by Lilith.