By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 11, 2009 at 5:12AM
Eric Bricker's doc, "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman," has been acquired for North America by Arthouse Films. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films & Curiously Bright Entertainment along with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Jackie Eckhouse of Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Law Company on behalf of the director and producers. Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release in mid 2009, followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films label.
"We are thrilled to be working with Arthouse Films," Bricker said. "They are the ideal distributor for Visual Acoustics in terms of reaching our niche audience and -- a rarity in this field -- are a filmmakers dream for the amount of hands on participation they seem willing to accord us in crafting the ideal release for the film. Julius Shulman and the architects he photographed are noted for their innovation and creativity. We see these same qualities in Arthouse as well in their visionary approach to releasing this film."
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, "Acoustics" explores the career of 98-year-old architectural photographer Julius Shulman. His work 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 Koenig, John Lautner, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others. The doc is built from a blend of Shulman's own images as well as interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, cinematographer Dante Spinotti, and others.
The film recently won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and has won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Lone Star International Film Festival.
"Shulman is a living legend and we are thrilled to add this fascinating film to our library," David Koh and Lilly Bright said in a statement. "The movie is one of the best general compendiums of Modern Architecture and will be a must see for anyone interested in Art, Architecture, and Photography."