Lucy Cordes Engelman

11 January 2021

Lucy Cordes Engelman is an artist-filmmaker based in Rotterdam. Lucy Cordes Engelman (Washington DC, 1987) is an artist-filmmaker and writer who works with stories especially concerning the submerged and forgotten. She is interested in the sensorial potential of moving images in relation to water, mysticism, and ecological devastation. Lucy was trained as an actress at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2010. She has worked in a production capacity on features and documentaries, including Sylvie Rokab’s Love Thy Nature and Ry Russo Young’s Nobody Walks, and was a lead actress in Heidi Hartwig’s feature, Wonder Valley. Lucy was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab (2014), and received a writing grant from the Icelandic Film Fund (2016), both with her writing partner at the time, producer Kella Birch.

Recently, she obtained her Masters in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag (KABK), where she won a prize for her film, The Taste Undid Our Eyes!, as well as the honourable mention from the Academy for her thesis, These Haunting Bodily Dreams. Her work has screened in the US, the UK, Iceland, Latvia, and the Netherlands, and her writing has been published in Chronogram, Slake (Los Angeles), and Friktion as well as forthcoming in Belladonna. She also collaborates with her husband, painter Daniel Mullen, on an artistic project exploring her synesthesia and sensory perception. Lucy currently calls Rotterdam home.