Philip A Hallman

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734 936 1846

6372 North Quad
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
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Film Studies Field Librarian



  • Phil Hallman is the Film Studies Field Librarian for the Hatcher Graduate Library.   

    In addition, he is the Head of the Donald Hall Collection, the department of Screen Arts & Cultures film, DVD & screenplay collection.  The collection, housed on the sixth floor of the academic tower of North Quad and  named for former poet laureate Donald Hall, contains more than 20,000 DVDs, 3,000 screenplays and an archival film print collection.  He teaches various library research classes for the department and curates the Projectorhead film series sponsored by SAC and the monthly Paley at Michigan TV series.

    In 20011 & 2012, he served as a juror at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in the American documentary category.  He presented a panel at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX entitled “Dig Deep:  Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking.”  He has also presented conferences papers at the 2011 , 2012 & 2013 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conferences:   “Uniform Sex: ‘Women in Uniforms’ Sexploitation Films, 1969-1979” (2011), “From Drive-In to Drive-Thru:  How Drive-in Movie Theaters Changed Where (and What) We Eat" (2012 and "Mapping the Motor City's Cinemas (2013.)  He is the Chair of the SCMS Media Archives committee. 

  • He received a $5,000 research grant to pursue a digital humanities project with colleague Nicole Scholtz and SAC graduate student Ben Strassfeld entitled “Mapping the Motor City's Cinemas.”  In April, 2013, he and Nicole presented their project at the 2013 ACRL conference in Indianapolis, IN.

  • In September, 2012, he accompanied graduate students from SAC to the Toronto International Film Festival, a festival he has attended annually since 1991.

    Please contact him for assistance related to film and TV research questions.




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.