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Phillip W. Stewart, USAF (ret.) “was born and raised in southern California. He graduated from San Diego State University and joined the U.S. Air Force from which he retired after 21 years. Mr. Stewart spent most of his military service involved in TV/video production and multimedia management. He then opened his own video production company, worked as a TV producer-director for a university, managed a cable channel, and currently manages a multimedia facility for Uncle Sam. In his spare time, Mr. Stewart volunteers as a motion picture film researcher for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and writes non-fiction aviation and film history books. He is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society, the League of World War I Aviation Historians, and the Military Writers Society of America, among others.”  Phillip W. Stewart is the author or editor of Battlefilm: U.S. Army Signal corps Motion Pictures of the Great War; America's Film Vault; Projected History; and, War Wings: Films of the First Air War

Tony Lazzarini of the Military Writer's Society of America said of Battlefilm: U.S. Army Signal corps Motion Pictures of the Great War, “Selected as the Best History Book by Reader Views Annual Reviewers Choice Awards and was an Award Finalist in the Military History category of the National Best Books Awards! BATTLEFILM is the only reference guide in print today that catalogs the WWI era documentary films contained in the U.S. Army Signal Corps records held at the U.S. National Archives. For the first time, in book form, there is concise information about the surviving motion picture films that were taken over ninety years ago. The Second Edition of BATTLEFILM details 488 film titles that cover America's part in this conflict. Each of the 993 reels of action is described using data gathered from actual Army records. These historic films of World War I action exist today on silent, black and white motion picture film. Whether you're a historian, media researcher, documentary producer, or a student of film, this book provides an accurate and timeless reference to the moving images of America's effort in the "War to End All Wars." What Others Are Saying about BATTLEFILM: "BATTLEFILM is confidently recommended as an indispensable reference work for historians, media researchers, documentary producers, film students, and authors working on fiction as well as non-fiction works about American involvement in WWI." - John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review "This book is the ONLY one in publication today that details readily available WWI films. BATTLEFILM is a superb source of information for stock-footage for that Great War documentary." - Peter Marshall, The Director's Chair "BATTLEFILM provides a valuable service to researchers, filmmakers, and writers wishing to examine the visual images of World War I." - Larry Suid, Film & History Magazine "It's a must have book if you happen to be looking for original film footage regarding World War I."


According to the book description of War Wings: Films of the First Air War, “Ever wish you could see a World War I Curtiss “Jenny” do a triple loop? How about a squadron of American-made DH-4 “Liberty” bombers taking off on a mission over the front? You can, in glorious black-and-white—shot on location by the military's own movie makers, using state of the art (1918-style) wooden boxes with crude brass-encased glass lenses, metal hand cranks, and cumbersome tripods. Thousands of WWI-related motion picture reels sit in the vaults at the National Archives and Records Administration facility in College Park, Maryland—but only 71 titles contain aviation footage. This amazing real-time visual history of the first ever air war could have been lost to time. Luckily, with the publication of WAR WINGS: Films of the First Air War, you can locate those needles in the giant haystack of the Archives, and know precisely what moving images are on each reel. “Absolutely indispensable to a student of World War I aviation. I wish I had it when co-founding Wingspan, the Air & Space Channel…Phil Stewart’s succinct real by reel, scene by scene, analysis is complemented by a wonderful index.” —Walter J. Boyne, Author and National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee. “Allows the reader to almost watch the films themselves unroll…the next best thing to seeing the films themselves.” —Leonard E. Opdycke, Author, Editor, and Publisher. WAR WINGS chronicles over 2,550 individual scenes of filmed action—while hundreds more are summarized. Scenes of pilot training, airplane manufacturing, fighting in the skies over France, and the post-Armistice testing of enemy airplanes, were all captured on film during 1917-1919. This superbly-researched landmark work is a boon to scholars, librarians, museum curators, historians, students of film, and those interested in genealogy. The detailed information contained within the pages of this invaluable research tool provides an accurate and timeless word-picture record of the aviation-related moving images of the "War to End All Wars."

War Wings: Films of the First Air War
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America's Film Vault
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Projected History
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According to the book description of America's Film Vault, “A Reference Guide to the Motion Pictures Held by the U.S. National Archives is the comprehensive new book by award-winning author and film-sleuth Phillip W. Stewart. Some of the best kept history secrets are buried deep within AMERICA'S FILM VAULT. This essential reference guide unshrouds, for the first time in book form, the whereabouts of historic motion picture films preserved in the U.S. National Archives. This treasure trove includes over 360,000 film reels that document a century of American and world history. Unfortunately, relatively few people know that these historically significant films exist, and even fewer know how to find them. AMERICA'S FILM VAULT is an indispensable reference guide that discloses how these vintage films are organized and where to find them; exposes over 330 Government and Donated records that have motion pictures buried within them; uncovers and specifically identifies over 1,460 film titles and provides topical references to thousands more; and reveals-all with a comprehensive 2,130-plus subject index that sheds light on a vast variety of rare films. According to William T. Murphy, former Chief of the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch of the National Archives, America's Film Vault is, "...a convenient overview of National Archives and Records Administration's motion picture holdings, one difficult to obtain from any other source." If you're ready to play detective, take a crack at the combination, and investigate the bowels of the vault, you need a guide map...and this is it! Discover "reel" treasures with AMERICA'S FILM VAULT.”


According to the book description of Projected History, “Projected History: A Catalog of the U.S. National Stories Released by Universal Newsreel, Volume I, 1929-1930, is a new book by motion picture film sleuth Phillip W. Stewart, that will interest students of history, film and genealogy. This well-researched landmark work details over 1275 nationally released newsreel titles that covered the first two years of what was known back then as the Universal Newspaper Newsreel. One of the great benefits of Projected History is that all the Universal Newsreel stores that are known to exist today within the film vaults of the National Archives are noted. This is the first time that the newsreel title, description and story availability have been brought together in a single resource. Before there was television, there was the newsreel. People saw the news twice every week in their neighborhood movie theaters. From the 1900's to the mid-1960's, the major American newsreel companies covered world events, politics, sports, fashion, and whatever else might entertain the movie audience. Today, newsreels offer a fascinating and unique look at that era and are a primary source of visual history. Out of the five major sound newsreels that documented America and the World from 1929 to 1967, only one is owned by the American people, royalty-free, and readily accessible for your review and use - the Universal Newsreel. Motion picture film consultant, TV producer, and retired USAF Officer, Phillip W. Stewart has spent over 20 years reviewing hundreds of rare films at the National Archives and Records Administration. Projected History is his third book on historic films.”

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