Rodents of Unusual Size

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"Rodents of Unusual Size"

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RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE is an offbeat environmental documentary about giant swamp rats gnawing on the edge of the world.

Elevator Pitch:

The fragile wetlands of Louisiana are under relentless 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 off-beat residents, who are in the midst of defending their land, culture, and way-of-life. 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 protect coastal Louisiana before it disappears.


Production Team:

CHRIS METZLER (Co-Director/Co-Producer)
JEFF SPRINGER (Co-Director/Cinematographer)
QUINN COSTELLO ((Co-Director/Editor)

Prior credits: Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer's feature length directorial debut was the offbeat environmental documentary, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, about the people who have carved out their own slice of paradise on the shores of California’s newest ecological disaster, the surreal Salton Sea. Narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker and "King of Trash" John Waters, the film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and went on to win over 37 awards for Best Documentary and screen at 200 film festivals worldwide. A cult favorite, the film was released theatrically in the United States and broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel.

Chris Metzler followed up that film by directing (and Jeff Springer shooting and editing) the documentary, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, about the legendary rock-ska-funk band. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at SXSW, and aired nationally on PBS in 2012.

About the Production:

"On tour with my first documentary I met a cinema programmer who was from an old Cajun family and she introduced me to the subject matter of nutria. When I heard about these giant swamp rats I couldn't believe it. Everybody knows about the oil spills, broken levies, and devastating hurricanes, but most don't know that one of the bizarre contributors to the receding coastline is a 20lb rodent from South America. The nutria has become an ironic source of income and food in Louisiana but it has also been positioned to change the very shape of the state forever." -- Chris Metzler

Current Status:


For more information and to support this projprect:

Kickstarter Page (No Longer Active)
Production Company Website

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