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WordsAndPictures: Minnesota women at the Film Festival
Frances Glessner Lee, inventor of Nutshells

The 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival sponsored by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, includes 250 independently made films from more than 60 countries and Minnesota.

The Minnesota-Made Films program includes "Of Dolls and Murder," a feature documentary directed by Susan Marks. Before forensics, DNA and CSI we had dollhouses-a 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. Nutshells are still used today to train detectives. The film explores the dioramas, the woman who created them and their relationship to modern day forensics. www.ofdollsandmurder.com

"White Space," a narrative, short film written and directed by Maya Washington, follows the inner life of a deaf performance poet as he makes his debut at an open-mic night for a hearing audience. Can the language of the heart emancipate the inner voice, transcending the white space between a hearing audience and a deaf man's soul? www.mayawashington.org

What: Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

When: April 12-May 3, 2012

Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 S.E. Main St., Minneapolis

FFI: www.mspfilmsociety.org or 612-331-7563

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