Lydia Cornett is a filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based in Columbus, OH and Brooklyn, NY. As a former musician turned filmmaker, she makes work that unites the restraint of observational storytelling with the physicality and connection she associates with music-making. 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. It was acquired for The New Yorker's documentary series and selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her latest film Bug Farm, supported by the If/Then Distribution Initiative, the NYC Women's Fund, and the Jacob Burns Film Center, has screened virtually at the Nashville Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and Ashland Independent Film Festival.
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, Atlas Obscura, Penguin Random House, and WNET.
Lydia graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history, and she is a classically trained violinist. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Art at Ohio State University.