United States Premiere
The Mantelpiece is an observational film about the people who make taxidermy their art, the process of creating taxidermy and a peek inside the world where people hunt and collect animals for trophies. While the taxidermists struggle to maintain their personal and creative lives, their job requires them to cater to wealthy American hunters who want to immortalize their kill. Their craftsmanship, combined with their passion for their work begs the question: Is taxidermy art? From the wild to the wall, this film spans the length of North America, beginning in Canada’s Northwest Territories at a hunting camp, then moving to a taxidermy shop in Saskatchewan, and finishing with a road trip to Texas for home delivery of the completed pieces. The Mantelpiece presents a whole new way of looking at migration.