Miscellaneous Stuff

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    • The writers of Casablanca were the Epstein twins. When they won the Academy Award for their screenplay, they became the only twins to ever win an Academy Award together.

    • There has never been a set of female twins to win an Academy Award together.
     
    • In their film Just Plain Odd, the star is auditioning for a part on the Abreaction Television Station. Abreaction Theater was the name of the DoubleTroublets’ father’s theater in New York.

    • Their father, David Bailin, is an artist and former playwright and director in New York.

    • They always edit with a cup of tea and honey and homemade, chocolate chip cookies close at hand.

    • Their father designs their DVD labels. He also designed the DoubleTroublets logo.

    • The picture on the DoubleTroublets logo was taken when they were four. It was taken for an article promoting the Arkansas Arts Center. Sarah has the pink halo; Emma has the yellow.

    • When their youngest older sister, Clara Bailin, left for college, they made her a film called A Tribute To The Youngest Older Sister, that contained several interviews, personal messages, and a picture montage to the song Sisters, Sisters sung by Rosemary and Betty Clooney.

    • The DTPs edited and authored the film “Charcoal Lines: A Conversation With David Bailin" that was conducted by Cindy Momchilov on October 16, 2008 (click here to see interview).

    • The DoubleTroublets began a film in eighth grade called "Little Rock's Forgotten" about Fouche Creek. Fouche Creek is a river ten minutes from Horace Mann MIddle School that is very polluted and in need of community help. Mann EAST has an ongoing project dedicated to helping the wildlife in and around it. The school year ended before the documentary was completed. 

    • As of August 2009, The DoubleTroublets have been in the T Tauri Film Festival four years in a row, the Indie Memphis Film Festival three years in a row, and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival two years in a row.

    • In their spare time, the DoubleTroublets write stories and watch every film they can. 

    • Avid Star Trek fans, they have seen almost every episode of the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. They have also seen all the films including the most recent one which is their favorite.  

    • They have dressed alike their entire lives. As young toddlers, their nanny tried to dress them differently, but it disturbed their mother too much to see the same face in two different outfits at the same time. Now they do it mostly out of habit. Besides, neither one of them likes choosing cloths so this way only one has to suffer a day. 

    • Their least favorite questions are: 1) Are you two twins? (No, we just share a birthday.) 2) Which one's older? (The prettier one.) 3) Do you guys know you look alike? (Here I was just thinking my mirror was broken.) 4) Can you read each other's minds? (Yeah, and teleport too.) 5) Why do you two dress alike? (We value originality.) They only get asked these questions once a day on average. Their least favorite comment is, "Look, I'm seeing double!"

    • They are the youngest of five girls. 

    • The DoubleTroublets have the same birthday (October 12) as Hugh Jackman although 25 years apart. 

    • Ever since researching for a film for the Wolfe Street Foundation on films connected to Arkansas that have won at the Oscars, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has been their favorite website. 

    • In their sophomore year, they helped set up a film club at their high school.

    • Both are members of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta (a math society), STAND (a female youth activism group), Chinese club, and film club at their school.  

    • They were very mischievous toddlers. When they were four, they decided that their father's charcoal drawing was too dark, so they took it upon themselves to color it using pink (Sarah) and yellow (Emma) highlighters. Luckily they were too short to cause any real damage although pink and yellow markings can still be seen at the very bottom of the picture. Around the same time, Emma started to write Sarah's name on the wall, but she would always use yellow highlighter so their parents knew it was really her (Sarah would have used pink.) Sarah was smarter and would make sure she had the right color before attempting to frame her sister in retaliation. Eventually they were both given washable ink. Despite having outgrown highlighters, pink and yellow remain their special colors, as shown by the logo. 

    • They took eight (or nine) years of piano before giving it up to have more time to work on their films. 

    • Their father refused to let them have coloring books claiming that they would destroy their creativity. He said they should learn to color without borders, a metaphor still evident in their lives today. 

    • Their oldest sister, Patsy Bailin, was a production assistant on the film, Yellow Lights produced by Olin College which is located only a few miles away from Wellesley College where she went to school. When Sarah discovered her name on IMDb, she thought it was a different Patsy Bailin and sent the link to her sister as a joke. 

    • Despite screening and/or winning at the T Tauri Film Festival for four years, they have never actually attended the film festival because it always falls on the same week as their annual family vacation. 

    • Every so often, they host a DoubleTroublets Academy workshop at their home for any of their friends interested in filmmaking. After a day spent dissecting films and learning about equipment, participants are given certificates and the title of honorary DoubleTroublet. One of the honorary DoubleTroublets went on to make her own film, while two others later assisted the twins on a promotional film for the Wolfe Street. 

    • The summer before Separate But Equal, the DoubleTroublets were interviewed at summer camp for a promotional film. After the interview, the cameraman said they were naturals in front of the camera. The DoubleTroublets blew him off saying they were too shy and would feel more comfortable on the other side of the lens. 

    • At the age of 10, Sarah won a short story writing contest for her story "Ten Seeds". It was published in Cricket Magazine. 

    • Sarah has had two guest articles published in their high school newspaper, The Tiger. 

    • The DoubleTroublets were home schooled from 3rd grade to 6th. During that time, they traveled to UCA, Hendrix, and UALR where they sat in on their father's art history class lectures counting his "ums" in the back of the class.  

    • They often use deviations of the screen names Scribe (Sarah) and Cutter (Emma). Cutter was the name for an editor back when they used real film.

    A Soldier In Skirts Trivia


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    • This is the DoubleTroublets’ fourth documentary.


    • The film was completed two months behind schedule.

    • This is the DoubleTroublets first documentary not done in EAST. 

    • The original reader of the Ruth Memoir was Emma’s Pre-Cal. teacher, Summer McFarland. She is credited in the documentary under “Special Thanks To.”

    • The original focus was on another Arkansas WAC, Era Hardy. Instead of a memoir, the narration was to include clips from her letters that she wrote home to her parents every week. The focus changed in January when the DoubleTroublets came across Ruth’s memoir.

    • The DoubleTroublets found Ruth’s memoir in the last file of the last box they looked through at UCA. They had considered not even looking at it, but decided too anyway. After reading the first page, they changed their focus.

    • The title remained in dispute right up until the day of their first competition. It was actually registered under a different one. Some of the options were “Lots of Love, Era,” “A Soldier and a Gentleman,” and of course, “A Soldier in Skirts.” “A Soldier in Skirts” was their first and last title although Sarah still prefers “A Soldier and a Gentleman.”

    • By the end of February, it was still unclear if Ruth was living or dead. The DoubleTroublets knew nothing about her life pre and post war. They eventually tracked her based on a newspaper article written in 1998 saying that she worked at the Bald Knob Area Chamber of Commerce. From there they found her number and got in touch with her daughter, Emma Jean Frippen, née Chaney. They completed her life story a week before the first competition.

    • One of the interviews, Marvin K. Bailin, is their grandfather. He insisted that his entire rank was listed in the film.

    • There were more interviews, but the DoubleTroublets decided they needed to make a choice: either they could tell the story of the WAC or the story of Ruth. They chose Ruth’s and consequently cut interviews.

    • In the subtitle under Merle Wilson, it states that she was a WAVE and a WOW. A WAVE was the equivalent of a WAC only in the Navy not the Army. WOW stands for Women’s Ordnance Workers. Basically it means she was a Rosie the Riveter except she worked with explosives.

    • The person that plays the music, Maureen Adkins, is the DoubleTroublets piano teacher. They’d have done it themselves, but they decided they wanted the audience in the theater not running from it.

    • A girl in secondary school sang the songs.

    • The narration was actually written around the memoir instead of the memoir being placed in later wherever it might have worked.

    • The picture of the present day female soldier is Leah Babb, Ruth’s step-granddaughter. She is a member of the National Reserve and has just returned from Iraq.

    • The documentary’s nicknames is SIS.

    • The opening line “They were the daughters of suffragists, the mothers of feminists.” comes from a poem Sarah wrote entitled “These Women of War” for fun a few weeks into the research. (click here to read “These Women of War”, keep in mind that poetry is not her strongpoint.)

    • Ruth's younger brother was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. He was not harmed. 

    • One of Ruth's barrack mates in Europe was the sister of a member of the crew that dropped one of the atomic bombs on Japan.
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      Ruth was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. 

    • This marks the first time Sarah has been heard in any of their films. She was the voice of Ruth.

    • Even the DoubleTroublets themselves had problems differentiating between the narration and the memoir. At one point Emma congratulated herself for pronouncing the name of the German general correctly only to realize that was in fact Sarah's voice. 

    • Emma was nervous about reading the names of so many foreign cities. As it turns out, the only thing she mispronounced was Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia, or so she's been told. The correct pronunciation is still unclear. There is still also some debate over whether Sarah correctly pronounced General Gustav Jodl's name. 

    • This was the first documentary to use the DoubleTroublets' current lighting set for interviews. 

    • The Marvin K. Bailin interview marks the first interview of a non-Arkansan they have ever done. He is from South Dakota.

    These Women of War

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    Homemakers and teachers
    Secretaries and maids
    Each responded to their country’s call

    They took to the sky, to the sea,
    to the factories
    Weapons each and all

    A WASP among eagles,
    A WAVE among sailors,
    A WOW among workers

    Their country took their nylon stockings,
    They donned uniforms instead
    A single skirt in a sea of slacks

    They fought with a passion,
    They died for a cause
    They never gave in

    The daughters of suffragists,
    The mothers of feminists,
    These Women of War.

    © 2009 Sarah Bailin