Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN


Susan Hengeveld

Senior Lecturer (Ornithology & Intro Biology), Department of Biology, Indiana University


Laura L. Scheiber

Director, William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory; ; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

Stuffed— An anatomy to remember: Science and art in the world of taxidermy

Zoology experts Susan Hengeveld and Laura L. Scheiber discuss the technology and science of taxidermy and how taxidermy can be used to illuminate many subjects, including biology, anthropology, and conservation.

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN

Film Synopsis

An exploration of the surprising world of taxidermists: passionate artists who push creative boundaries while revealing the importance of preserving nature.

“Stuffed” is a documentary feature film about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy.

Through the eyes and hands of passionate renowned artists across the world, the film allows the audience to dip into and explore this diverse subculture, 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 only by their desire to protect it. They love animals and see life where others only see death. In an unexpected twist, “Stuffed” reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle, and the taxidermist as its wild driver.

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