By Indiewire | Indiewire May 15, 2013 at 10:32AM
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"Rodents of Unusual Size"
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.
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.
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