Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman screens this week

The third pairing in the TSA/Bloor Hot Docs Cinema Oppositions film series on March 13, 2014 is entitled Reality/Representation and focuses on the aesthetics of pre- and post- of architecture. The first film at 6:30pm is the critically-acclaimed Visual Acoustics, which documents the life work of Julius Shulman, a prodigious photographer whose work epitomized and iconized Modernist architecture and its attendant promise of a better life. In contrast, the second film at 9:15pm, Mock-Ups in Close-Up, is an ongoing research project chronicling the appearance and use of architectural models across narrative cinema. Invited speakers for this pairing will include the directors of Mock-Ups in Close-Up, Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik.

This is the second year the Toronto Society of Architects and the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema are collaborating to present “Oppositions: Architecture on Film”. This film series offers insights in the role of design in the built environment, by presenting pairings of films that have opposing themes in related issues of design and cultural development. Each film pairing in the series will be complemented by a brief discussion with film directors, practitioners, academics, and activists, as they relate to themes in the Oppositions series.

The films screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on March 13, 2014. Ticket price is $11 for a single film, and $15 for a double bill. For more information, please visit