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 University Library's Film Studies Field Librarian.   

  • He is also the Curator for the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collections which are part of the University of Michigan Library's Special Collections.  He oversees the archival materials of noted filmmakers Orson Welles, Robert Altman, John Sayles, Alan Rudolph and Nancy Savoca, as well as noted producer and exhibitor Ira Deutchman.  All research related questions regarding these collections can be addressed to him.

    In addition, he is the Head of the Donald Hall Collection, the department of Screen Arts & Cultures' dvd & screenplay collection.  The collection, housed on the sixth floor of the academic tower of North Quad, is named for former poet laureate and U-M Professor Donald Hall.  It is the result of a generous gift from U-M alum Robert Shaye, the former CEO of New LIne Cinema.  It contains more than 20,000 dvds, 3,000 screenplays and an archival film print collection.  Phil teaches various library research classes for the department and can help students with film related research questions.
  • Phil works regularly with the programming team of the Cinetopia International Film Festival. 

    Since 2011, he served as a juror/moderator at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.  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:   Presentations included:  “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 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.  He is the recipient of a 2015 U-M MCubed minigrant to continue to explore and develop this project.

  • 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.  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 collections related to cinema studies.  He has worked with students and faculty from various Screen Arts & Cultures classes and helped to co-curate exhibitions drawn from the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collections.  Recent exhibits included The Many Hats of Robert Altman (2013), Sayles Pitch:  John Sayles, Author, Auteur, Independent (2014), and Orson Welles:  Beyond the Canon and Into the Archives (2015).

Additionally, he works annually with the Cinetopia International Film Festival to present symposia and film festivals celebrating Michigan's Mavericks.  Recent celebrations included:  Almannerisms:  Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the Robert Altman Archive (2013), Declarations of Independence: John Sayles as Author, Auteur, Founding Father (2014), and Wellespring:  A Centenary Celebration of the Inexhaustible Inspiration of Orson Welles (2015).