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Phil has a background in film history and holds degrees in film studies and library science from the University of Michigan and NYU. He has strong interests in film exhibition, particularly drive-in movie theaters, and film festivals.
He is responsible for building and collecting the libraries’ books and periodicals related to cinema studies. He also collaborates with Peggy Daub with two major collections held in the Hatcher Library Special Collections department related to the film auteurs/mavericks Orson Welles and Robert Altman. Additionally, he will help with the newest film studies archival collection, The John Sayles Collection.
He is presently co-curating an exhibit to be presented in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery devoted to the official opening of The Robert Altman Archive entitled "The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema.". This exhibit, done in conjuction with SAC professor Mathew Solomon and the students in his course SAC 330, will introduce the public to the rich and amazing resources housed in the Altman collection. The exhibit opens on April 22, 2013 and runs through June, 2013.
Additionally, he is co-organzing a symposium dedicated to Altman that will be held June 7-8 in the Gallery and working with the staff of Cinematopia, the new international film festival to be held at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor from June 6-9, 2013.