Rodents of Unusual Size
ROAD SHOW SUMMER SERIES "Rodents of Unusual Size" (71 min) Directed by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer June 28, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Raleigh, NC) Film starts at 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm When the Great Depression hit Louisiana hard, Tabasco heir Edward McIlhenny decided to inject the stagnant economy with a surefire moneymaker: importing nutria from Argentina to bolster the local fur trade. Prolific breeders, these 20-pound rodents with gigantic orange teeth quickly ate their way across the bayou, turning Louisiana's wetlands into a wasteland. As the fur trade bottomed out, trappers stopped keeping nutrias' numbers down and the rate of land loss exploded. Still reeling from a series of devastating hurricanes, Louisianans have rallied to address these rodents running amuck through their marsh and help abate the erosion. Further incentivized by a five-dollar bounty for every nutria tail collected, fishermen and other locals are now on the hunt, having found a welcome source of income in the off-season. Evil invasive species, cuddly pet, or highly sustainable local resource? Directors Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer let you decide. Whichever way you fall, this quirky environmental doc delivers a highly engaging tale.