Phil Solomon

Phil Solomon has been making films since 1975 and is currently Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994 and has exhibited his films in every major venue for experimental film throughout the US and Europe, including 2 Whitney Biennials and three one-person shows at MoMA. He collaborated on three films with his friend and Boulder colleague, Stan Brakhage. Solomon is currently working on additional films in The Twilight Psalms series. Solomon’s recent Grand Theft Auto series has received numerous awards and was named in the Top Ten experimental films of the year by the Village Voice. He has also begun work on a book entitled A Snail’s Trail in the Moonlight: Conversations with Brakhage, transcriptions of several years of Brakhage’s film salons. His three channel installation, AMERICAN FALLS, will be exhibited at the UM Work Gallery March 25 - April 1, 2012. This work was orginally commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and had its premiere as a six-channel installation in 2010. Solomon's video EMPIRE (2010, 48 min loop) will be exhibited adjacent to the Michigan Theater Screening Room during the week of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. 

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Last Days in a Lonely Place

(Phil Solomon, 2008)

Farewell my friends Farewell my dear ones If I was rude Forgive my weakness Goodbye my friends Goodbye to evening parties Remember me In the spring To work for your...

Rehearsals for Retirement

(Phil Solomon, 2007)

The days grow longer for smaller prizes I feel a stranger to all surprises You can have them I don't want them I wear a different kind of garment In...

Crossroad

(Phil SolomonMark LaPore, 2005)

Mark and I made this film for our friend David Gatten, as a prayer, an offering, a “get well soon” card... for all three of us. It was made on...

Psalm II: “Walking Distance”

(Phil Solomon, 1999)

Inspired by Kiefer and Ryder, dedicated to Stan Brakhage. Imagining one of those rusted medieval film cans having survived centuries, a long lost Biograph/Star, a Griffith/Méliès co-production, a two-reeler left...

The Snowman

(Phil Solomon, 1995)

A meditation on memory, burial and decay - a belated kaddish for my father.-PS   The Snow Man One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the...

Nocturne

(Phil Solomon, 1980)

Finding similarities in the pulses and shapes between my own experiments in night photography, lightning storms, and night bombing in World War II, I constructed the war at home.-PS "A screaming...

What’s Out Tonight Is Lost

(Phil Solomon, 1983)

“Adopting its title from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, What’s Out Tonight Is Lost is an elegiac film sifting through the unrecoverable. The film is a reflecting pool...