As part of last weekend's Dwell on Design conference, Dwell screened two architecture-themed movies at the Geffen Contemporary Saturday night, showing Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman and The Greening of Southie, a film about the building of the LEED Gold-certified Macallen Building in South Boston. Visual Acoustics is narrated by Dustin Hoffman and describes architecture photographer Julius Shulman's career as a parallel to the rise, fall, and re-rise of southern California modernism. Designer Tom Ford geeks out, but the great delight of the film is watching the funny, blithe, 98-year-old Shulman: He talks shop with the cinematographer Dante Spinotti on a film shoot at Pierre Koenig's Stahl House, makes jokes about the rehabilitation of Richard Neutra's Miller House in Palm Springs, and tearfully accepts an honorary architecture degree at Woodbury University.
After the film, director Eric Bricker answered questions and spoke about Shulman, whom he called "a Jedi Knight-Zen master type of person." Their collaboration began when he found Shulman in the White Pages and rang him up--Shulman invited him over to his house on Woodrow Wilson Drive. The film has been showing at screenings around the country and will be released by Arthouse Films this fall.
Meanwhile, local food trucks parked in the building's courtyard served up victuals. Offerings included the new Sprinkles Cupcakes truck and the architect puns/ice cream sandwich enthusiasts Coolhaus, as well as more adult-approved dinner fare from the Green Truck and Barbie's Q.
· Visual Acoustics trailer [Dwell]
· Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman [Official Site]
· The Greening of Southie [Official Site]