Southern Circuit film series begins Feb. 9 at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will screen the first film in its presentation of the 2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series beginning Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The featured film will be “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman,” produced and directed by Eric Bricker. Bricker will be available for discussion following the film.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, “Visual Acoustics” explores the career of the late architectural photographer Julius Shulman. 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, including the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koening, John Lautner and others.

The film’s narrative is built from a blend of the photographer’s images and 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 others.

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.

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Ursula’s Catering and the Museum CafĂ© will offer the lunch menu from 5 – 6 p.m. before each of the films in this series.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (, or
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