ABOUT THE FILM
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Since the 1930s, Shulman captured the work of many influential modern and progressive architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.
VISUAL ACOUSTICS won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary at Austin Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Lone Star International Film Festival, and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at Newport Beach Film Festival.
The film screened with much acclaim at Los Angeles Film Festival (world premiere), Kimbell Art Museum, Festival International Du Film Sur L’Art, Harvard University, and at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. VISUAL ACOUSTICS was distributed by Arthouse Films in the U.S. and ran in theaters across the country from October 2009 through March 2010. The film is available digitally on Amazon and iTunes and available for purchase on DVD in our online store.
About Julius Shulman (1910 - 2009)
Julius Shulman was a photographer, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Shulman developed close association with many influential modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman’s photographs played a major role in creating the image of Los Angeles and “Southern California lifestyle” for the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing away in July of 2009.