Lily Baldwin

Lily Baldwin Profile


Lily Baldwin is a multi-faceted creative working in New York City and Los Angeles who combines her penchant for film and dance to craft intricate narratives.

As a filmmaker, her films are featured on The Criterion Collection on FilmStruck, iTunes, ShortsHD, Filmmaker Magazine, NOWNESS, Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week and Fandor. They have also screened internationally at film festivals, art fairs, galleries and museums. 

Lily's recent VR project, THROUGH YOU, co-directed with Saschka Unseld, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It was also a recipient of the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier / Jaunt VR Residency. She directed MISTY COPELAND, a documentary for Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall and her horror film, SWALLOWED (Palm Springs ShortFest, Women of Cinefamily, LAFF), is one of five films comprising the omnibus feature COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS (SXSW premiere, BAMcinemaFest). Previous film work includes SLEEPOVER LA (SXSW premiere, Berlinale EFM), A JUICE BOX AFTERNOON (Lincoln Center premiere, Dance on Camera Tour, Detroit Institute of the Arts), SEA MEADOW (SXSW premiere, V&A Museum London, Art Basel Miami, Academy-Qualifying theatrical run). Music videos include Blood Orange: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, The Forms: FIRE TO THE GROUND, and Joan Osborne.

Prior to filmmaking, Lily worked extensively within the contemporary dance field. As a professional dancer, Lily performed with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Doug Varone, David Neumann, Noemie La France, and other NYC companies. She performed with David Byrne on his EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN World Tour choreographed by Annie B. Parson, and in its documentary RIDE RISE ROAR (SXSW premiere). Having studied Meisner technique and with Judith Weston, Lily’s expanded presence from behind to in front of the camera includes recently starring in Frank Mosley’s PARTHENON (Sarasota Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Cucalorus) alongside Tallie Medel (THE ARBALEST, SNOWY BING BONGS, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER). She has presented work at multiple NYC venues including Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, and Mulberry Street Theatre and was the choreographer of the PERFORMA ’09 opening even at Times Square with Arto Lindsay.

Upcoming is an episodic hybrid documentary series, STORIES OF THE STALKED and an UNTITLED feature starring real NYC teenagers. Additionally, she is in development for her next Mixed Reality project, GLASS: INVINCIBLE YOU, which was selected to participate in the DevLab initiative with Oculus and Kaleidoscope VR, in addition to her new experience with Saschka Unseld, TERRAIN.

Lily was named by ShortsHD as one of "The Top 10 Emerging Directors to Watch” and recently by Independent Magazine as one of the "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017.” She has participated in the Screenwriter’s Colony Fellowship and Independent Film Week’s Emerging Storytellers in NYC and was most recently a juror for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Competition. 

Lily is the founder of the nonprofit

Mike Ambs

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.