Phil Hastings is an award-winning media artist based in Western New York whose work has been exhibited internationally. He received his MFA in cinema from Southern Illinois University in 2005 and his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1994.
Hastings is a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Film/Video Fellow and was an invited artist in the 18th Biennale of Sydney where his film Steadfast was screened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Hastings makes both experimental and narrative films, sometimes incorporating animation. They draw on his background in sculpture, and often have a connection to the sciences. His video documentation of the reproductive practices and sexual cannibalism of the praying mantis has been licensed for the National Geographic television show Animal Taboos and New Scientist Magazine.
Hastings is a former director of the Big Muddy Film Festival and currently teaches experimental film and video in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at SUNY Fredonia.
For more information on Phil Hastings, visit http://www.philhastings.com/. For a sample of his film and video work, see http://vimeo.com/philhastings/videos/page:1/sort:date.