Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based in Brooklyn, NY. She was the Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a CoLab Fellow at UnionDocs, and a two-time recipient of the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. In 2019, her film Narmin's Birthday won the Festival Jury Runner-Up Award at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival and premiered online with NoBudge. Her subsequent film Yves & Variation premiered at BAMcinemaFest and went on to screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Festival, and Aspen ShortsFest.
She has assisted filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru), Brett Story (The Hottest August), and Ken Burns (East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story). As a freelance video producer, she creates short-form nonfiction work for clients such as The New Yorker, Slate Magazine, The Washington Post, Atlas Obscura, and Penguin Random House.
Lydia graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history, and she is a classically trained violinist.