The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Customs House Museum will present the independent film “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Schulman” at 2 p.m., Feb. 6, in the Clement Auditorium on the APSU campus. Following the film, audience members will be able to ask questions of the director, Eric Bricker. This event, which is part of The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, is free for Austin Peay students with an ID and $2 at the door for the general public.
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, “Visual Acoustics” explores the monumental career of architectural photographer Julius Shulman who died on July 15, 2009, at the age of 99. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman 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.
On Saturday, Bricker will be joined by Mike Fink, graphic artist and Southern California modernism expert, and Jimmy Mann, architect with Clark and Associates Architects, Inc., for a panel discussion with the audience regarding the film.
The 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. The Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.
Last fall, the Southern Circuit Tour brought three independent filmmakers to Clarksville to present their movies. This spring semester, the series, sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Customs House Museum, will bring three independent films to Clarksville – “Visual Acoustics” on Feb. 6, “The Reckoning: The Battle for an International Criminal Court” on March 6 and “”Bleacher Boys” on April 3.
The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts seeks to inspire an appreciation for the creative arts in APSU students and the citizens of the Montgomery County region through innovative programming, strategic partnerships and community outreach. For more information on the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, visit www.apsu.edu/creativearts.
The Customs House Museum is located in downtown historic Clarksville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission fees are $5 adults, $4 Senior citizens, $2 college ID, $1 ages 6 to 18. Children under 6 are free. The museum is free on Sundays.