Montana International Film Festival | Billings, MT Sept 19-23, 2018


Rodents of Unusual Size

Screening Time:
2905 Montana ave, Sept 16, 2018 | 5:15 pm

Directed by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer | Documentary Feature | USA, 71 mins

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as “nutria”, these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.


Directed by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer, Narrated by Wendell Pierce, Original Music by Lost Bayou Ramblers

Rodents of Unusual Size Trailer


  • Best of Festival Award - 2018 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Award - 2018 UNA George Lindsey Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Award - 2018 Tupelo Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize Excellence in American Profiles Award - 2018 SF Docfest
  • Special Jury Award for Films For Our Future - 2018 Mendocino Film Festival