Saturday, November 30, 2013

Frances Glessner Lee's Family Estate - The Rocks - Bethlehem NH

Sometime getting into the Holiday Spirit is way harder than it should be. But you know what helps us? Visiting The Rocks, Frances Glessner Lee's family estate that is now part of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Frances lived at The Rocks while she made her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. On our last visit we even discovered some unfinished Nutshells. And the people at The Rocks - like Nigel and Clare - are wonderful! If you can't make it out there to harvest your own Christmas tree, you can always buy one online.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Sale Nutshell Studies DVD

Image of DVD Of Dolls & Murder (for home viewing)

$14.95 - Of Dolls & Murder DVD On Sale

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. 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.

The DVD includes extended version of Of Dolls & Murder as well as extra features!

Eco-friendly packaging.

Image of Nutshell Necklace - Movie Poster Doll

$24.95 - Of Dolls & Murder Movie Poster Necklace On Sale

Own the mystery. Or give the gift a murder.
This stainless steel necklace was designed by Suzy Greenberg with a Nutshell Study photo by Susan Marks, and poster design by Adam Tow.
The pendant is coated in resin and includes a 24 inch ball chain.
All proceeds go towards offsetting the cost of making independent film, Of Dolls and Murder!

Image of DVD Inside the Speakeasy Dollhouse (for home viewing)

$9.99 Inside the Speakeasy Dollhouse DVD

Inspired by a collection of dollhouse crime scenes known as “The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” Cynthia von Buhler recreates the story of her grandfather’s prohibition-era murder with a dollhouse replica of his speakeasy club and bakery.

This documentary film goes inside Cynthia’s world of miniature murder and steps back in time through her off-broadway immersive play. With these investigative techniques she attempts to unravel the curious mystery surrounding her grandfather’s death.

Inside the Speakeasy Dollhouse DVD includes the documentary film (Running time 17:38) and special PDF files of Cynthia von Buhler's graphic novel "Speakeasy Dollhouse, The Bloody Beginning" and an Evidence Booklet Playbill.