Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Then fast forward to a few years ago, I was looking at a website of the Bethlehem Heritage Center - prepping for our shoot there and I spotted the Nutshell. Hiding in plain sight. We went Bethlehem, NH and interviewed people on camera about the missing Nutshell and how it wound up on display. To hear the full story, you have to wait for the new documentary to be done.
Fast forward again to last year - staff from the Wellcome Trust in London lamented that the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner wouldn't answer their requests to borrow the Nutshells for their upcoming exhibit. (It's almost comical how often people ask me to get the OCME to lend them Nutshells for their exhibits.)
On one very rare occasion, the OCME lent out 4 of Frances Glessner Lee's precious Nutshells for an exhibit but honestly, they are more valuable than most normal sized houses and they are teaching tools that are in constant use.
Once I broke the news to the Wellcome Trust that they shouldn't get their hopes up for the OCME Nutshells, I did tell them that about one other Nutshell that may be available to borrow...
I'm happy to say that the missing Nutshell is in London right now for the Wellcome Trust exhibit. (I do hope that the Bethlehem Heritage Center was well compensated!)
You can read all about the exhibit here. Clips of our film, Of Dolls & Murder (featuring John Waters) will also be a part of the exhibit. Hope you can make it!
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Lee meet Gardner when he attended one of her seminar series. He was the first author to do so. Once he got a taste of learning what detectives and FBI agents were learning, he became a permanent fixture at the Harvard Associates of Police Science seminar series.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I love this photo of Frances Glessner Lee from our documentary film - courtesy of the Glessner House Museum. I can only imagine she was an excellent driver.
We are starting the process of securing a female off camera narrator for our documentary. Who do you think we should have on our short list? We had John Waters as the narrator in our previous documentary - Of Dolls & Murder and we could never capture that kind of magic again - so we want to go in a new direction. Feel free to leave your thoughts.
I once asked a room full of FBI detectives and homicide detectives who they thought should be the narrator. Any guesses to what name they shouted out?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Writer Susan Marks with a Nutshell Study of Unexplained Death
Susan Marks is screenwriter, author and documentary filmmaker. She is the recipient of two Jerome filmmaking grants, a McKnight fellowship and Upper Midwest Regional Emmy. Her recent documentary film, Of Dolls & Murder, about dollhouse crime scenes, features legendary filmmaker John Waters as narrator. Her screenplay, Finding Poppy Pepperdine was a quarter-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship competition.
Her current projects include screenplay, Dollhouse of Death about the Frances Glessner Lee and a documentary film, Her Miniature Life of Crime - also about Frances.
Susan's past projects include the book Finding Betty Crocker (Simon & Schuster 2005) and documentary film, The Betty Mystique. Susan also wrote the book In the Mood for Munsingwear and made the documentary, Inside the Speakeasy Dollhouse.
Friday, January 16, 2015
I must have taken over 1000 photos over the past 7 years or so - in several different formats.
And yes, I know the solutions to the Nutshells and no, I'm not telling. But if you're clever - you just may figure them out.