Through the eyes and hands of passionate, renowned artists across the world, discover the diverse subculture of taxidermy, where sculptors must also be scientists. It is a genre of art, formed by a collection of people who have a fanaticism for nature matched by their desire to protect it. They love animals and see life where others only see death. In an unexpected twist, the film reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle and the taxidermist as its wild driver.

Be sure to watch the Conversations related to this film (choose with closed captioning (CC) or translated into American Sign Language (ASL): Conversation with Erin Derham and film subject and taxidermist Allis Markham
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Filmmaker: Erin Derham

Running Time: 85 mins

Language: English

2021 ACFF OfficialSelection
Erin Derham

Erin Derham, Filmmaker

Now an international award-winning documentary filmmaker, Derham began her career editing and directing for PBS. After receiving an MA in oral history, she founded History Boutique Films, a production company focused on exploring the human experience and telling stories about inspirational people. Her first film, Buskin’ Blues, was followed by Stuffed which premiered at SXSW.