Rat Film
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Rat Film

About the Film

“There ain't never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem.”

In his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat to burrow into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, science and sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film explores how racial segregation, discriminatory lending practices known as “redlining,” and environmental racism built the Baltimore that exists today. MORE

What begins as an examination of our interactions with rats – portraits of rat-afflicted citizens, rats as test subjects in labs, the development of rat poison – becomes a deeper exploration of Baltimore. Anthony investigates the history of the city, and the systemic racism that established the low-income and predominantly black neighborhoods that are still plagued by rats today.  

The Filmmaker

Theo Anthony is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. His work been featured by The Atlantic, Vice, BBC World News, and other international media outlets. His films have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2015, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Rat Film, his first feature, debuted at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival to critical acclaim. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Theo Anthony

Produced by
Riel Roch-decter
Sebastian Pardo

Original Music by
Dan Deacon

Narration by
Maureen Jones

Featuring (In Order Of Appearance)
Harold Edmon
Dan Bradford
Will Kearney
Greg Kearney
Madeline Cox
Louis Eagle Warrior
Matthew Fouse
Bryan Boswell
Dan Deacon
Patrick Mcminn
Theo Anthony
Konrad Konopka
Anna Olszewska
Bruce Goldfarb
Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Shindana Townes

Director of Photography
Theo Anthony

Additional Director of Photography
Tyler Davis

Production Managers
Rachel London
Dave Manigeault

Production Designers
Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Becca Brooks Morrin

Production Sound Mixer
Marc Gallant

Research Assistant
Andrew Holter

Virtual Reality Manager
Blake Montgomery

Data Visualization
Evan Tachovsky

Voiceover Casting
Michael Beaudry

Film Editing by
Theo Anthony

Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer
Matt Davies, MPSE

Dialogue Editor
Kevin Hill

Foley Artist
Matt Davies, Mpse

Foley Recordist
Rich Bussey

Re-Recording Mixer
Matt Davies, MPSE
Kevin Hill, CAS

Audio Post-Production Coordinator
Jamie Horrigan

Andrew Bernstein

Ruby Fulton

Owen Gardner

Session Musician
Steve Strohmeier

Color by
Matthew Riggieri

Assistant Colorist
Colin Smith

Title Design
Sebastian Pardo

Cameras and Lenses Provided by
Spencer Grundler
Tyler Davis

Legal Counsel
Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers Llp
Steve Holmgren

Archival Material Courtesy of
The Baltimore Sun
Casey Recreational Centre
"The Characteristics Of Rat Populations," "Methods For Estimating Populations Of Brown Rats In Urban Habitats," And "The Survival Of Wild Brown Rats On A Maryland Farm" by David E. Davis
Citizens Planning And Housing Administration Archive At The University Of Baltimore's Langsdale Library Special Collections
John Hopkins Medical Archive, Curt P. Richter Collection
Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library
Library Of North Carolina State University
The Map Room Of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries
Maryland State Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner
National Library Of Medicine
"Rat Race" by Rat King
The Rockefeller Foundation Archive Centre
University Of Maryland Baltimore College

Performed by Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Written And Composed by Ed Schrader (Bmi) & Devlin Rice (Bmi)
Licensed And Published by Music Beat Music (Bmi)

Special Thanks
Abdu Ali
Zia Anger
Dawn Day Biehler
Matt Bowden
Lawrence Burney
Phil Davis
Ami Deng
Department of Public Works
Gregory Glass
Tiffany Hopkins
Brett Kashmere
Kelly Lloyd
Diana Miller
Bug Nichols
Michael Olson
Antero Pietila
Matt Porterfield
Edmund Ramsden
Kevin Sherry
Tonya Simmons
Chase Stone
Joe Tropea
2640 Space

Products Furnished by
Annapolis Maritime Plastics

Funding Provided by
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Through Rubys Artist Project Grant

Rat Film is a co-production of Theo Anthony Productions, LLC, in association with memory.

This program was produced by Theo Anthony Productions, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2016 Theo Anthony Productions, Llc. All Rights Reserved.

How do you feel about rats? Does your city have a rat problem? Did Rat Film make you think differently about urban planning? Were you prepared for this film's unusual style and the way it told this story?


  • Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival
    Sheffield Youth Jury Award - Special Mention
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How do you feel about rats? Does your city have a rat problem? Did Rat Film make you think differently about urban planning? Were you prepared for this film's unusual style and the way it told this story?