2019, Erin Derham, USA, 85 min.
- Fri, Nov 8th 6:00pm
- Sat, Nov 9th 6:15pm
- Sun, Nov 10th 1:30pm
- Mon, Nov 11th 6:00pm
- Thu, Nov 14th 8:15pm
"An invaluable resource. That it is very well made, featuring stunning shots of the models, and truly engrossing, makes it all the better."—Bobby LePire, Film Threat
"A great watch...This is one of those documentaries where you don’t think you’re that interested in the subject matter, but then it ends up being really fascinating and you learn about things that you never even knew existed."—Gillian Anderson, The Stranger
The popular notion of taxidermy as a creepy Norman Bates/Jeffrey Dahmer obsession with dead things is immediately dispelled in this lively and surprising documentary. The common denominator of the varied assortment of taxidermists we encounter in the film is their enthusiasm—for animals, for nature, for wildlife preservation, and for this unique skill that merges art and science. Representing a subculture more outgoing than introverted, more youthful than old, more hip than nerdy, their process is fascinating, their styles are diverse, and their creations—from hummingbirds to black leopards, from museum dioramas to the fanciful hybrids of "rogue" taxidermy—are dazzling. DCP digital. (MR)
This Friday only! Following the 6 pm screening, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will showcase a display of taxidermy specimens.