Lydia Cornett is a filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based between Columbus, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. As a former musician turned filmmaker, she makes work that unites the restraint of observational storytelling with the physicality and connective qualities she associates with music-making. Her work has screened at BAMCinemaFest, Sheffield DocFest, AFI Docs, AspenShortsFest, Hamptons International Film Festival, and DOC NYC, where she received a Special Jury Mention for her film Yves & Variation. She was awarded fellowships to the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture program and the UnionDocs’ Collaborative Studio, and she has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute, IF/Then Shorts, the Princess Grace Foundation, and the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, PBS (Reel South and NJPBS) Nowness, and Vimeo Staff Picks.
She has assisted filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru, Sundance 2014); Brett Story (The Hottest August, SXSW 2019); Ken Burns (East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, PBS 2020), and Jessica Earnshaw (Jacinta, Tribeca 2020).
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.