Seattle, Woods Hole, Vancouver, Nashville, Maui
An exploration of the misunderstood world of taxidermy.
For many, taxidermy might seem like an antiquated, morbid, or even distasteful hobby. Director Erin Derham takes a closer look to challenge these perceptions, and to gain a greater appreciation of the different types of taxidermy still being done and of the people behind the activity. Her subjects are not the stereotypical game trophy hunters, but instead an assortment of artists and natural history enthusiasts who express themselves, or try to capture the essence of an animal, through this painstaking work. Some tackle the detailed work as purists, attempting to bring the highest level of verisimilitude to the animal, while others construct fanciful hybrid or mythological creatures, demonstrating less scientific rigor and more artistic expression. While the film doesn’t dig particularly deep, it offers an intriguing glimpse into a world of curiosity.