Phil Hall (US writer)

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Phil Hall (born 1964) is an American writer and film critic.


Hall is a contributing editor for the online magazine Film Threat[1][2] and the author of several film-related books, including The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies: Films from the Fringes of Cinema (2004), Independent Film Distribution (2006), The History of Independent Cinema (2009) and The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time (2013).[2][3][4] He has also written for The New York Times, New York Daily News and American Movie Classics Magazine.[5] Hall is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.[6]

Hall is also a financial writer for Progress in Lending, and he was formerly an editor for two mortgage banking magazines, Secondary Marketing Executive and Servicing Management, and the daily MortgageOrb news site.[7]

Other work

Hall is the director of the New England Underground Film Festival, an annual event held in Connecticut.[8] He was the director of the New Haven Underground Film Festival in 2008,[1] and previously programmed the Light+Screen Film Festival in New York.[9] Hall also served as a member of the Governing Committee of the Online Film Critics Society.[10]

From 1994 to 2004, Hall was the president of Open City Communications, a New York City-based public relations agency.[11]

Film work

A 20-minute documentary short by Leszek Drozd titled A Writer Named Phil Hall featured Hall talking about his career in the media, the books he authored, and his advice for young writers who want to get published.[12][13]

Hall has also appeared as an actor in a number of independently produced films, including the Bikini Bloodbath series of horror-comedies, Rudyard Kipling's Mark of the Beast and the Michael Legge comedy Monochromia.[8][14][15]


  1. ^ a b Patrick Ferrucci, "Head Underground: Taking a look at the real independents," New Haven Register, September 26, 2008
  2. ^ a b Joe Meyers (August 29, 2013). "Beloved Hollywood turkeys from 'Mommie Dearest' to 'Plan 9'". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Oct. 2013 interview with Phil Hall on Outsight Radio Hours". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Susan Dunne (June 28, 2009). ; "Film Book’s Story is Fully Independent" Check |url= value (help). Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ Ricky Flake (August 20, 2009). "Independent movies, recordings and a birthday present". Biloxi Sun-Herald, Biloxi, MS. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Our Members". Online Film Critics Society. Archived from the original on 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  7. ^ Anthony Garritano (September 2013). "Color Commentary" (PDF). Today’s Mortgage Executive Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  8. ^ a b Susan Dunne (October 2, 2012). ; "Underground Film Festival At La Paloma" Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  9. ^ Mike Chaiken (September 25, 2008). "Deep in the Celluloid Underground". Bristol Observer,Bristol, CT. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  10. ^ David Sterritt (May 28, 2004). "Online Film Critics Get Mixed Reviews". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  11. ^ Wendy Mitchell (April 23, 2004). "Sundance Grants; AIVF Change; Gen Art Winners; Acquisitions News & More". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  12. ^ Betty Jo Tucker, "On Being a Writer ", ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  13. ^ Film Threat coverage
  14. ^ Don Sumner (August 6, 2012). "Bikini Bloodbath Car Wash (2008) Review". Best Horror Movies. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  15. ^ Duane L. Martin (September 4, 2013). "Film Reviews: Monochromia". Rogue Cinema. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 

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