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Showings and DVD Release Announced for Shulman Film

March 12th, 2009

VISUAL ACOUSTICS, the documentary film on Julius Shulman, is slated for a 2009 summer-fall theatrical release by Arthouse Films.  The DVD release should come in late 2009 or early 2010.  Arthouse, which describes itself  as the place “where art and films collide,” is an independent production and distribution label specializing in films that showcase art and artists of exceptional note. Here is a list of showings of the film in the near future:

  • APRIL 3, MODERN PHOENIX WEEK, PHOENIX, AZ, PHOENIX URBAN RESEARCH LABORATORY,6:30 p.m. POST SCREENING Q&A with JULIUS SHULMAN and DIRECTOR ERIC BRICKER
  • APRIL 30, OKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, CENTRE THEATER, 7:30 p.m., POST SCREENING Q&A with JULIUS SHULMAN and DIRECTOR ERIC BRICKER
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4 Responses to “Showings and DVD Release Announced for Shulman Film”

  • I remember hearing an interview with Shulman, and he talked about the importance of using people in his architectural shots which you can see in his most famous photo, the one pictured above.

  • I’d never thought about the fact that he was such an advocate of using people in architectural shots, but you are right, many of his shots have people in them.

    I’d like to discuss this with him. I think the people in his shots have a serious dating and distraction effect because of what the people are wearing. To me everything about having people in shots distracts from the architectural statement. When there’s someone in the shot, like the one above, I spend all my time looking at the people and in this case wondering were they came up with such costumes.

  • note to Larry : these are historical photographs, not ‘retro’ – Shulman’s most noted works came from his partnership with Robert Neutra in the L.A. area . . .

  • IIRC, Shulman’s argument for using people in his architectural photos was that those pics became alive with people in the pics.

    I kind of see these type of pics today with people in the pics, although they tend to be for multiple units like condos. On one hand, you might argue that they might backfire because it makes the place less neutral with the ability to appeal to everybody if there’s a person in that pic that looks nothing like you. But, on the other hand, those staged pics are selling a lifestyle that viewers might respond to.

    Whether or not such pics are effective, we aren’t seeing them for SFHs because of the cost to hire the models for those pics while the multi-units are able to spread out the costs of hiring models if they choose to go that route.

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