World Narrative Competition

World Premiere

USA | 87 MINUTES | English | English subtitles


Diagnosed with breast cancer and nearing the end of her treatment, Lily turns her focus to the rest of her life with newfound clarity. Wandering through atmospheric New York City streets, she reevaluates what she has built for herself, including her life with an older boyfriend and his children and her feelings about her long-absent father. Lingering in intimate, charged moments with Lily during this vulnerable period, first-time director Matt Creed and actress Amy Grantham create a mature, stylish character piece reminiscent of classic French New Wave.

Loosely based on the real-life experiences of co-writer and lead actress Grantham, Lily is an immersion into a rarely explored side of the cancer narrative: the moment when the disease is gone and the survivor is thrown back into everyday life. How does one cope with that experience? What are the emotions that come with losing something that has been an integral part of your life, even if that something was a life-threatening disease? Grappling with these ambivalent issues with courage and sensitivity, collaborators Creed and Grantham have made a delicate, heartfelt film that deals with cancer but is not a cancer film.

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by Matt Creed

MATT CREED is a New York-based filmmaker and artist. He spent his childhood in transit from Toronto to Ohio, Los Angeles and eventually New York. With a background in studio art and no formal film training, Creed’s approach is that of the silent observer, watching and recording.
Matt Creed
Matt Creed, Amy Grantham
Izabella Tzenkova, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky, Matt Creed
Brett Jutkiewicz
Brett Jutkiewicz
Executive Producer
Brandon Creed
John Fredericks
Amy Grantham, Simon Chaput, Lindsay Burdge, Rebecca Street


Print Source
Matt Creed
Up The River Films
New York, 10013
Phone: 646 942 8002
Press Contact
Brandon Rohwer
Tribeca Film
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 941 2038