Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 11, 2010

Filmmaker Presents Career of Architectural Photographer Feb. 14

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              

DATE:  FEBRUARY 11, 2010                                                                                             

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                

“Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman”

with Producer/Director Eric Bricker

(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” with producer/director Eric Bricker as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing. “Visual Acoustics” is the fourth in a series of six films to be presented by Southern Circuit at the Blake Library through April 2010. Following the screening, Bricker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception. Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, “Visual Acoustics” explores the monumental career of 97-year-old architectural photographer Julius Shulman.  An intuitive artist, outspoken critic and utterly fascinating man, Shulman is the living embodiment of the great social vision of modernism.  Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, he combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. The resulting images helped to shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, with Shulman documenting the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koening, John Lautner, and many others. Taking its aesthetic cues from Shulman’s own sensual and nuanced photography, the film’s narrative is built from a blend of Shulman’s own images as well as in-depth interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti, and a host of others.

After college graduation, Eric Bricker spent a few years acting with the California Repertory Company and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Upon settling in Los Angeles, he turned his focus toward film and television production where he worked with such notable talent as Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin and Danny Aiello. Meanwhile, Bricker explored his affinity for music, playing percussion with the likes of Kenny G and Perry Farrell at the Coachella Music Festival. As his passion for filmmaking grew, so too did his art consultation firm, Artistic Designs Unlimited, which was formed in 1996. It was in 1998, when in need of vintage photos of San Francisco, that Eric was led to Julius Shulman. At the outset an enduring friendship between the two began. Recognizing the extraordinary amount of humanity and profundity Shulman and his work possessed, Eric put into motion his inspiration for “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.” Eric is currently at work on a narrative feature exploring the contemporary art world.

The award-winning “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” has screened in numerous festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Festival International Du Film Sur L’Art, among many others. “Visual Acoustics” has been honored as the Audience Award Winner for Documentary Feature at both Palm Springs International Film Festival and Austin Film Festival, as well as the Grand Jury Prize Winner for Documentary Feature at Lone Star International Film Festival.

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library March 14 and April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and description of films are available at all Martin County libraries. To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site,



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