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A Conversation With Film Director Erin Derham About Her Film, “Stuffed”

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2024
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Movie banner for Stuffed. A bright red bird under a glass dome in front is haunted by dark drawings of a cockatoo and a monkey in the background.

Join award-winning film director Erin Derham as she talks about her documentary feature film that shares the surprising and unique world of taxidermy. “Stuffed” is shown through the eyes and hands of passionate, renowned artists across the world and allows the audience to dip into and explore this diverse subculture, where sculptors must also be scientists. Erin successfully depicts taxidermy as 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.

About our speaker

Erin Derham is an international award-winning director and historian, specializing in storytelling with an edge, shining a light on all things misunderstood. Her production company, History Boutique Films, has released multiple features and series, culminating in over 400 hours of interviews conducted worldwide. Her first documentary, “Buskin’ Blues,” a film about street music, attended over a dozen festivals. “Stuffed,” a global documentary about the art of taxidermy, was nominated for best film at SXSW 2019. Erin also completed three seasons (12 episodes) as showrunner of “Point of View: A Designer Profile,” a documentary series about the artistry behind interior design. Currently, Erin is directing a documentary with legendary producer Mike Medavoy, and Appian Way, about the humanity behind artificial intelligence. She is also in production for “Healthy Lies,” a documentary on the fraudulent nature of the wellness industry.

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Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Curator Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff.

You can post questions in the YouTube chat or tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE.

Brought to you by the NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


March 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith