The late Julius Shulman's architectural photos—and his life story, for that matter—possess an indisputably cinematic quality. Now that camera-ready essence is captured in an actual movie, the award-winning documentary VISUAL ACOUSTICS.

First-time director Eric Bricker traces the winding path of Shulman's long, impressive career while demonstrating its significant role in the rise and rediscovery of modern architecture. The film, narrated by actor Dustin Hoffman, includes entertaining and informative conversations with such insiders as Frank Gehry, FAIA; actress Kelly Lynch; Ray Kappe, FAIA; Shulman's daughter Judy McKee; Ricardo Legorreta, Hon. FAIA; artist Ed Ruscha; Leo Marmol, FAIA; and Shulman's photography partner in his later years, Juergen Nogai. Images from the photographer's vast archive are interwoven with engaging visits to the sites of his most famous shoots, and Shulman himself appears throughout the film, his irrepressible personality on full display.

Arthouse Films will release the film in October. Visit for updated screening information.