Lily Baldwin






Sam, newly a mother, shops at a supermarket with her baby and husband Carlson. She throws a neighborhood shishkabob party and has a family Sunday breakfast. But through her smiles and picturesque tasks, there's a suppression. Sam’s grown something she can no longer contain. This breaking point is the film SWALLOWED, where psychological horror meets dance.

SWALLOWED premiered in the omnibus feature COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS by Jane Schoenbrun, where five filmmakers— Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein — adapted each other's dreams.

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“An extraordinary and scary film with a visceral power similar to  David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD, but with an anxious female perspective.”
The New York Times

“A nightmare of socialization.”
Chris Kraus,
author of I Love Dick

“A ROSEMARY'S BABY type situation of oversolicitous/menacing neighbors and physical revulsion.”

“Where parenthood is a disembodying experience.”
The New York Times

“Baldwin herself gives a stunning, incredibly physical performance as commonplace experiences become erotically-charged, dance-inspired ordeals.”
Screen Slate

“SWALLOWED captures a different kind of fury. A disturbingly, inscrutable coda connects the concern with stereotypes with multimedia’s exploitation thereof like a fine, sharp wire.
Slant Magazine

"On an intellectual/metaphorical level, SWALLOWED is the story of a woman’s truth that sometimes comes out, and sometimes stays in."
We Are Moving Stories

Criterion Channel paired with David Cronenberg's THE BROOD and in its original form within the omnibus feature COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS , and interview
Free the Work (curated by Shannon Purser)
Vimeo: Staff Pick

Short of the Week
Bureau of Creative Works

    SXSW (WORLD PREMIERE— in competition)
    IFP Screen Forward
    SXSW "Gamechanger Award" (NOMINEE)
    SXSW "Grand Jury Award Narrative Feature" (NOMINEE)
    Nashville Film Festival "Grand Jury Prize" (NOMINEE)
    Cleveland International Film Festival "New Direction Competition" (NOMINEE)

    Palm Springs International Film Festival
    Women of Cinefamily LA
    Lausanne Underground Film Festival
    Galway Film Fleadh
    Montclair Film Festival
    Independent Film Festival
    Maryland Film Festival
    Nashville Film Festival
    Dallas International Film Festival
    Ashland Independent Film Festival
    Atlanta Film Festival
    Cleveland International Film Festival

    Directed, Choreographed, and Edited by Lily Baldwin
    Produced by Andrew Houchens
    Executive Produced by Jane Schoenbrun
    Cinematography by Dagmar Weaver-Madsen
    Original Music by Mark degli Antoni
    Co-Edited by Christopher Radcliff
    Production Design by Paul Depoo
    Costume Design by Patty Lu
    Hair by Kira Stuger
    Makeup by Amanda Wilson
    Production Manager Abby Harri
    Assistant Director Niki Janowski
    Sound Design by Jay Nierenberg
    Visual Effects by Andres Eguiguren
    Starring Lily Baldwin, Michael Dempsey
    With acclaimed NYC dancers Marc Crousillat, Stephanie Crousillat, Fabio Tavares da Silva, Joanna Kotze, Austin Lam, Tara Lorenzen, Tim Ward, and Netta Yerushalmy