Phil Solomon is an experimental filmmaker noted for his work with both film and video. Recently, Solomon has earned acclaim for a series of films that incorporate machinima made using games from the Grand Theft Auto series. His films are often described as haunting and lyrical.
Solomon was an associate of the influential American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he taught film at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Solomon and Brakhage collaborated on three films. In a 1992 poll for the British film magazine Sight & Sound, Brakhage picked Solomon's Remains to Be Seen as one of the ten greatest films of all time. The film had previously been selected as one of the top ten films of 1989 by the Village Voice.
Solomon received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994.
Originally from New York City, Solomon attended SUNY-Binghamton and received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. One of Solomon's instructors was the experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs, who started his first class with a screening of Tony Conrad's film The Flicker. Solomon initially disliked the film, but the experience, followed by a screening of his future collaborator Stan Brakhage's Blue Moses, had a profound impact on his development as a filmmaker. Another formative experience came in the form of a lecture by critic Fred Camper on Brakhage's Anticipation of the Night.
Solomon began making films in 1975. Solomon has since destroyed some of his early works, many of which were made in imitation of Brakhage.
Solomon has been teaching film history/aesthetics and all levels of film production at the University of Colorado since 1991. He was recently honored for his teaching with the first presentation of the Parents Association Award.