A Little Back Story...
I just finished a feature-length documentary film, Of Dolls & Murder, narrated by the iconic filmmaker John Waters. My film exposes the unimaginable world of miniature homicides known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. They were created by Frances Glessner Lee AKA the "Patron Saint of Forensics" in the 1930s and 1940s.
Lee contributed greatly to science and criminal justice, but she was also a talented artist who tapped into deep currents of the human psyche with her dollhouses of death. And there's no one like her. Well, at least that's what I thought...
Then I met artist Cynthia von Buhler. She was so inspired by Frances Glessner that she created dollhouse crimes based on a murder mystery that took place in her own family.
The more Cynthia investigated her grandfather's murder, the more fascinating clues she uncovered. In fact, her investigation casts a whole new light on the story on the murder - making it even more mysterious and intriguing. Cynthia recently launched a successful Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to create a book about her investigation with photos of her own dollhouse crime scenes.
She's also staging and immersive play in Manhattan in October, 2011. According to Cynthia, "I will present an immersive environment where my story will be told by actors. The immersive environment will mirror the dollhouse sets from the book, including a speakeasy, a bakery, a morgue, a street scene, and a pre-war apartment."
Too late for my documentary...
But not too late for a new documentary film. Cynthia has invited me to film behind the scenes of her play on October 24th, 2011 and her process for making dollhouse crime scenes while investigating a decades old murder.
A donation from your will get me started on this new documentary film project. The money will go towards:
- Camera package rental
The more money I raise, the more I can put towards following Cynthia's investigation and miniature creation. With the footage I capture at Cynthia's play and studio, I will make a stand-alone documentary film. However, there is also a strong possibility I can feature Cynthia's story in a larger, more expansive story of dolls and murder.
Thank you! And I look forward to sharing my dead doll movies with you.
- (20 days)