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November 4: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Rodents of Unusual Size”

Thomas Gonzales on the Water, a film still from "Rodents of Unusual Size"

Thomas Gonzales on the Water, a film still from “Rodents of Unusual Size”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer’s Rodents of Unusual Size, a story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.

Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must RESERVE A TICKET via Eventbrite. 

Rodents of Unusual Size
Friday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

Rodents of Unusual Size tells the story of how invasive species, environmental issues, and a unique group of people are colliding at the edge of the world in an attempt to restore and protect coastal Louisiana before it disappears. The fragile wetlands of Louisiana are under attack by legions of 20-pound, semi-aquatic invasive rodents known as the nutria, which have greatly accelerated coastal erosion and made the bayou much more vulnerable to hurricanes. Keeping the giant swamp rats at bay are a group of colorful and offbeat residents, who are in the midst of defending their land, culture, and way of life. 

Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, and Quinn Costello are award winning non-fiction filmmakers that have traveled to many corners of the world in search of unique stories highlighting the important environmental, scientific, and cultural issues of contemporary society.  With the success of documentary projects as varied as Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, The New Environmentalists, and Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, they have gone on to screen their work at SXSW and Tribeca along with national TV broadcasts on PBS and the Sundance Channel.  Along the way, they have continued to pursue other subcultural documentary subjects, including rogue economists, lucha libre wrestlers, swamp rat hunters, ganja-preneurs, and evangelical Christian surfers.

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