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. His video documentation of the sexual cannibalism and reproduction practices of praying mantis has been licensed for shows on National Geographic television and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and New Scientist magazine. He is 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.