Phil Hastings is an artist and filmmaker whose work is rooted in the often-opposing subjects of the sciences and the spiritual with explorations tied to liminality and the transformation process. Concepts of adversity, transcendence, and rebirth are themes that infuse his work. He works in animation, experimental and narrative cinematic modes and has screened in festivals, galleries and museums internationally.
He is a 2022 recipient of a New York State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Award and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts 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. His video documentation of the sexual cannibalism and reproduction practices of praying mantis has been licensed for the Jorja Smith music video Try Me, the Brian Klugman feature film Baby Baby Baby as well as shows on National Geographic television and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.
He currently is an Associate Professor and coordinator for the Film + Video Arts BFA program in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia.