Monday, February 27, 2012

Chicago Premiere of Of Dolls & Murder

Press Release for Of Dolls & Murder premiere at the Glessner House Museum.

The Glessner House Museum, located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, will host the Chicago premier of a feature-length documentary film entitled Of Dolls and Murder on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The documentary, Of Dolls and Murder, explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes created by Chicagoan Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), a respected pioneer in the field of homicide investigation and the first female state police captain in the country. From criminally minded college students and real-life detectives, to CSI and a visit to "The Body Farm," John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder. Official website

The screening will commemorate the 134th anniversary of Frances Glessner Lee’s birthday. Filmmakers will be present to introduce the film.

Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and the last surviving work by H. H. Richardson in Chicago. Completed in 1887, the museum is recognized nationwide for its groundbreaking architecture as well as its important collection of original decorative arts.

The cost for the event is $15 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312-326-1480. The museum is easily accessible by taking the #3 or #4 bus south on Michigan Avenue to 18th Street, and then walking 2 blocks east.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fat Tuesday screening of Of Dolls & Murder

We hope you can make it to a special Fat Tuesday screening of Of Dolls & Murder at Lo Fi Coffee in Mesa, AZ on Main Street! Tell you John Waters loving friends!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Of Dolls and Murder in Mesa, AZ

Have we mentioned lately how much we love Arizona? Of Dolls & Murder has screened in AZ 4 times (more than any other state!) and now on February 21st we will be screening in Mesa at the LoFi Coffee Main Street! Please go! The screening will be presented by No Festival Required Independent Cinemas. See details below!
Scene from “Of Dolls and Murder”


“Of Dolls and Murder”:

A Crime Scene Dollhouse Documentary by Susan Marks-Narrated by John Waters

Tuesday February 21, 2012 7:0pm(doors at 6:30pm)

Lo Fi Coffee, 105 W. Main, Mesa, AZ 85210(street parking or Park in Rear)

$6.00 admission cash only/refreshments available for purchase

Sponsored by Loi Fi Coffee-

Before forensics, DNA, and CSI we had dollhouses – an unimaginable collection of miniature crime scenes, known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.

Created in the 1930s and 1940s by a crime-fighting grandmother, Frances Glessner Lee created the Nutshells to help homicide detectives hone their investigative skills. These surreal dollhouses reveal a dystopic and disturbing slice of domestic life with doll corpses representing actual murder victims, or perhaps something that just looks like murder. Despite all the advances in forensics, the Nutshells are still used today to train detectives.

The documentary film, Of Dolls and Murder, explores the dioramas, the woman who created them, and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students, legendary filmmaker and true crime aficionado, John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.

Director, Writer, Producer-Susan Marks is a Jerome Grant recipient, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter. Her first documentary film, The Betty Mystique unearths the secret life of Betty Crocker, as does her companion book, Finding Betty Crocker.

In her feature directorial d├ębut, Of Dolls & Murder, Susan explores the tiny world of big time murder through dollhouse crime scenes – the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.