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- Directed by Erin Derham
Stuffed is a documentary about the surprising world of taxidermy. Told through the eyes and hands of acclaimed artists across the world, the film explores this diverse subculture, where sculptors must also be scientists, seeing life where others only see death. From an all-woman studio in Los Angeles which has elevated taxidermy to the forefront of fashion and modern art, to fine artists in the Netherlands, these passionate experts push creative boundaries. The film highlights a diversity of perspectives including an anatomical sculptor in South Africa and a big-game taxidermist in Ohio. And, in an unexpected twist, Stuffed reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle, and the taxidermist as its driver. Allis Markham, owner of Prey Taxidermy, is an award-winning taxidermist based in Los Angeles. In 2017, she was named ‘Third in the World’ at the World Taxidermy Championships. Born in the small town of Madison, Ind., Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art—happily with a lack of supervision that made exploring both possible. Her clients include the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Moore Lab of Zoology, The Frost Museum of Science, Colorado State University, and The Getty Museum.