Happy Independence Day! And what better place to spend it than at the birthplace of the original Stars and Stripes: Betsy Ross’ House in Philadelphia, PA. If you’re in the Philly area, take a look for yourself.
FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to shoot footage of Betsy’s actual upholstery workshop in preparation for an episode of the web series.
According to Betsy’s grandson, she “made with her hands the first flag” of the United States. Legend has it that General George Washington came to her in late spring 1776 to make the request. What isn’t widely known is that the original design called for six-pointed stars. Betsy showed that with a few quick snips of her shears, five points were faster and easier to make.
FOOTNOTES owes a lot of thanks to all of the folks at the Betsy Ross House, particularly Lisa Acker-Moulder and Connor Quach, as well as Historic Philadelphia’s Sandy Lloyd.
Have you ever wanted to interview a sock?
FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary is holding auditions in Washington, DC and we’re looking for some talented and funny actors.
Elizabeth (or maybe Robert) Hosiery is the show’s intrepid host and the lone human character. S/He’s easily confused, never seems to be able to find a pen that works, and frequently doesn’t realize that the show has started. S/He never allows her/his cluelessness to diminish her/his confidence. But despite being a bit of a clown, s/he is usually the straight wo/man for the sock puppets.
If you’re in the DC area and are interested, let us know.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. We appreciate all of the laundry you’ve done for us over the years.
Where have we been? You may have noticed the lack of posts for a few months. Now, we could claim to be off in search of all of the lost socks. But frankly, that’s too big of an adventure, even for us.
Instead, we’ve been enjoying the comfort of an air conditioned studio. We’re still in the production process and are starting with screen tests. But so far, we’re very excited to see the series come together. Hope you are too.
Stay tuned for further updates of FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary.
Filming at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, PA
Eric Brooks practices with a stand-in puppet.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Did you know that its origins date back to the Middle Ages?
Hope you got your dad something other than a tie, like these appropriate sandal socks.