Underground Film Journal

Phil Solomon

Phil Solomon is an American experimental filmmaker based in Boulder, Colorado. His work typically combines found and original footage that is heavily manipulated in an optical printer, giving the films a grainy, ethereal and dream-like quality.

He has also made a series of dark, haunting films made out of manipulating images from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Then, in 2010, he debuted his first film installation, American Falls, that was produced for and on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Solomon currently teaches filmmaking at the University of Colorado -- Boulder, where he collaborated on several films with one of his friends and mentors, Stan Brakhage. When Solomon was himself an undergrad student in NYC and a grad student the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he studied with filmmakers Ken Jacobs, Saul Levine and Peter Kubelka.

You can learn more about this filmmaker at his official website.


American Falls (2010)
Still Raining, Still Dreaming (2008-09)
Last Days in a Lonely Place (2008)
Rehearsals for Retirement (2007)
Crossroad (2005) (with Mark Lapore)
Psalm III: Night of the Meek (2002)
Seasons… (2002) (with Stan Brakhage)
Psalm I: The Lateness of the Hour (2001)
Innocence and Despair (2001)
Psalm II: Walking Distance (1999)
Yes, I Said Yes, I Will, Yes (1999)
Concrescence (1996) (with Stan Brakhage)
The Snowman (1995)
Elementary Phrases (1994) (with Stan Brakhage)
Clepsydra (1992)
The Exquisite Hour (1989) (1994 revision)
Remains to Be Seen (1989) (1994 revision)
The Secret Garden (1988)
What’s Out Tonight Is Lost (1983)
Nocturne (1980)
As If We (1979)
The Passage of the Bride (1978)
Rocket Boy Vs. Brakhage (1973-89)


Robert Beck Memorial Cinema: January — May Screenings, 1999

Continuing into 1999 at the Collective Unconscious theater space in NYC, the RBMC — co-programmed by Brian L. Frye and Bradley Eros — went on hiatus for the first week of the year, but resumed on January 12. Below is a list of screenings from then until a May 18 event that celebrated the RBMC’s first full year of existence.

Experimental Film Coalition: The Monthly Screenings

This is Part Two in a series about Chicago’s Experimental Film Coalition; and covers their screening series. Formed in 1983, the Experimental Film Coalition started holding regular monthly screenings starting in 1984. The screenings brought to Chicago the work of independent, experimental filmmakers across the country, as well as screening local work.