Friday, 16 May 2014

'Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens': World Premiere Screening and Q and A with Morbid Anatomy Museum Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas

Date: Friday, June 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 here
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)

Tonight, please join us to celebrate Morbid Anatomy’s 7th birthday with the world premiere of the Morbid Anatomy Museum‘s first foray into film with a special screening of filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas’ “Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens.” This surprisingly tender and heartfelt film features never before seen footage of the great tableaux of eccentric Victorian anthropomorphic taxidermist Walter Potter and the collectors around the world who treasure them. You will meet in the course of this film tiny kittens in gowns attending a wedding or having a tea party; toads playing on swings; monkeys riding goats; the funeral of a robin; a two-faced kitten; and much, much more.
Thomas will also screen assorted other short films and answer your questions about the making of the film.
Ronni Thomas is a director/editor and Filmmaker in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York he considers himself a ‘working class filmmaker,’ seeing equal value in the sublime and the ordinary. Though his films typically deal with dark, eccentric and bizarre subject matters, he approaches each topic from a human and often light-hearted angle. In 2011, he and Morbid Anatomy founder, Joanna Ebenstein, created The Midnight Archive; a web documentary series that would go on to critical acclaim and receive several awards including the 2013 Silver Telly for best web documentary series. In addition to making films, he is also guest lecturer and programmer for the Raindance Film Festival in London. He has also written for The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, United Academics, Huffington Post, The Journal of Social Sciences and Raindance Film Magazine. He lives a blissfully surreal life with his wife, 8 year old son and exotic cat in Brooklyn New York.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Penguin USA Blue Rider Press's edition of 'Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy', April 2014.

"Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy is one of the most important books I’ve read on Victorian taxidermy in months. It’s like Jude the Obscure
but with squirrels."
Gary Shteyngart, The New York Times

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Novel inspired by Walter Potter

Bestselling author Kate Mosse has written a novel inspired by Walter Potter! 

The Taxidermist’s Daughter, coming out 11th September, is described as "a Gothic psychological thriller" which deals with a series of grisly murders which rock a flood-beset village in West Sussex in 1912.

The book draws on the landscape where Mosse spent her childhood and is said to be inspired by visits she made in the 1970s to the Walter Potter Museum of Curious Taxidermy.

Mosse said: "I love Gothic fiction and I was obsessed with Walter Potter’s museum when I was a child. Potter was a self-taught Victorian taxidermist, who established a small gallery in his native village of Bramber in mid Sussex. I was both horrified and horribly drawn to the exhibitions and, I suppose, I’ve always thought I’d write something inspired by the museum.
"Having finished my Languedoc Trilogy after 15 years of researching, planning and writing, the time was right to exchange the mountains of the Pyrenees for the creepy glass bells jars and grisly feather and fur displays of a taxidermist’s workshop."