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10 California girls take on the World Championships of Taxidermy...
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Allis Markham runs Prey Taxidermy studio in downtown Los Angeles. 

She has proven herself in the museum world by working closely with the Natural History Museum since 2009 and has inspired a new group of women to follow in her footsteps and change the face of Taxidermy.

And, now, in just TWO WEEKS Allis and 9 of her female students are heading to the World Championships of Taxidermy!! This will be Allis' (and her students') first time competing in the male-dominated field of taxidermy.

Here's some of the press she's gotten by simple word-of-mouth …

"New York Times: From Death to Beauty" 

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“Stuffed Animal Instincts” by Lauren Herstik, LA Weekly Cover Story, September 2014

Stuffed Animal Instincts" by Lauren Herstik LA Weekly Cover
Stuffed Animal Instincts" by Lauren Herstik LA Weekly Cover

 “A Kinder, Gentler Taxidermy” by Kate Murphy
 , The New York Times, October 29, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/garden/diy-taxidermy-may-be-for-you-if-you-have-the-guts.html?_r=0

"Hollywood Taxidermist Raises the 
(Small, Furry) Dead " Bloomberg Business, September 24, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrYhsxDlCQ

Here's why I'm so passionate about this project … 

1. GIRL POWER

I love supporting girls who are breaking the mold. Allis Markham is leaving her mark in a historically male-dominated field. She's a modern day Rosie the Riveter - a girl who is fearless and unintimidated to take on the Boy's Club. And, now she's inspiring other woman to do the same. This is a film starring women, directed by a woman and produced by women. 

2. PRESERVING NATURE

I think the more people know about nature, the more they'll respect it. Having worked at the Natural History Museum, Allis dedicates her life to educating people about animals by bringing them to life and allowing families to see animals they may never get a chance to see in their lifetime. More importantly, Allis is choosing to use ETHICALLY SOURCED animals that die of NATURAL causes and artistically re-creating their living state for educational purposes.   

3. SUPPORTING ARTISTS WHO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS

We live in such a disposable world that I think it's important to support artists who work with their hands. Taxidermy is one of the oldest and most tactile art forms in the world and with Art Budgets being cut in schools, I think it's more important than ever to support artists working at museums.

4. IT'S A GREAT UNDERDOG STORY!

The World Championships of Taxidermy happen every two years, but only take place in the U.S. every other time. So, this is the OLYMPICS of Taxidermy! And, in just 2 weeks, 10 California girls are crashing the World Championships of Taxidermy .. they might be snuffed, they might win, but they are definitely underdogs and unlikely contestants (Hello "Cool Runnings"). This film will document the journey of 10 girls (ranging from a teenager, to a mom, to a store owner, to a graphic designer) who will compete for the 1st time in a historically male-dominated field. 

Hopefully, you guys are as excited as we are! And, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU in advance! 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is that the Championships are in just 20 DAYS!!! And, we can't film this once-in-a-lifetime event without your help!!

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    You'll get a Taxidermy Duckling by Allis Markham with display in bell jar. You're getting a really cool art piece made by a top taxidermist. And, of course, all specimens are from abatement & depredation, die of natural causes or other deaths not related to the art.

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    You'll get a Taxidermy Lovebird by Allis Markham with stand & glass dome. You're getting a really cool limited-edition art piece made by a top taxidermist. And, of course, all specimens are from abatement & depredation, die of natural causes or other deaths not related to the art.

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    You'll get a PRIVATE behind-the-scenes tour for up to 8 guests (kids would LOVE this) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Also includes 8 DVD signed copies of the movie signed by the cast.

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    You'll be invited to attend Allis’ taxidermy class in LA. The class will be featured in the movie and YOU WILL BE IN THE MOVIE as an extra in the class. This also includes a DVD signed copy of the movie signed by the cast.

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    You'll get a Coyote Shoulder Mount by Allis Markham. (One of my personal favorites). All specimens are from abatement & depredation, die of natural causes or other deaths not related to the art.

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    You'll get a PRIVATE 3-hour taxidermy demonstration talk with Allis for up to 12 guests at the Prey Taxidermy studio in Los Angeles. And, you'll also get 12 DVD signed copies of the movie signed by the cast.

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    You (and only YOU) will get a Taxidermy African Starling by Allis Markham. These birds are STUNNING! Allis will work with you on a CUSTOM design for it. You'll have YOUR CHOICE of Starling type, pose and habitat. All specimens are from abatement & depredation, die of natural causes or other deaths not related to the art.

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    You (and only YOU) will get a Taxidermy PENGUIN (she only has ONE) by Allis Markham. And, as always with Allis, all specimens are from abatement & depredation, die of natural causes or other deaths not related to the art.

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