A SUBURBAN MOM'S LIFE IS UPTURNED BY THE BEAST GROWING INSIDE HER.
Dreams form a mysterious part of a human’s DNA, so it’s no wonder they served as the stimulus and backdrop for the collaborative project, Collective: Unconscious, which premiered at SXSW in 2016, and for which Lily Baldwin helmed her short 'Swallowed'.
The surrealist omnibus film was a compilation of shorts strung together by five directors, in which they visually interpreted each other’s dreams.
Baldwin’s short in the series, Swallowed, featured her now characteristic interpretative choreography, which Variety was hugely complimentary of, predicting success for all the directors: “this serving of surreal cinematic appetizers is perfect fest fare, and will burnish the directors’ developing resumes.”
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“An extraordinary and scary short film by Lily Baldwin, whose work has a visceral power similar to [David] Cronenberg’s [The Brood], but with an anxious female perspective.” NEW YORK TIMES
“Baldwin’s “Swallowed,” has the director herself as a woman whose queasy attitude toward motherhood develops into a “Rosemary’s Baby”-type situation of oversolicitous/menacing neighbors and physical revulsion.” VARIETY
“The centrepiece involves ritualistic dancing that inverts the meaning of the choreography…Baldwin uses long, intensely subjective takes, gradually dramatizing a body’s potential internal invasion as a collection of writhing figures that might mock the vulnerability the mother experiences as feeling newly secondary to her child.” SLANT MAGAZINE
SXSW (WORLD PREMIERE)
IFP Screen Forward (THEATRICAL RUN)
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