Local documentary ‘Rat Film’ airs tonight on PBS

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A one-hour cut of Theo Anthony’s documentary “Rat Film” will air on PBS’ “Independent Lens” tonight at 10 p.m.

With a score by Baltimore electronic musician Dan Deacon that used a theremin to pick up the movements of rats, the film uses interviews, historic materials and surreal pull-outs from Google Maps to unpack the city’s rodent problem and its history of segregation.

Hailed by critics from across the country for its imaginative presentation, “Rat Film” is both one of the best movies about Baltimore and one of the best to come out of the city in recent years.

PBS interviewed both Anthony and Deacon, which you can read here and here. After tonight’s screening, “Rat Film” will be available to stream on PBS’ website.

The original cut of the film, which has screened at the Maryland Film Festival, South by Southwest and other festivals, had a run time 82 minutes.

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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