The Rat Slayer of Hillside New Jersey

Law and the Penal System, Short Film, Nature, American Culture, Human Nature, Environment, Government
Andrew Keogh Ruotolo
19 minutes


Winner Best Short Doc St. Lawrence Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection Big Sky Film Festival
Official Selection Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival



THE RAT SLAYER OF HILLSIDE NJ s a new documentary about the infamous Hillside rat case of 1994. Combining present day interviews and archival news footage, The Rat Slayer of Hillside NJ tells the dramatic story of Frank Balun and Lee Bernstein and the case that pitted them against each other and would eventually come to define their personal legacies.



Andrew Keogh Ruotolo was born and raised in the Garden State. He studied film at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He currently works for Writer/Director John Sayles and Producer Maggie Renzi at their production company Anarchists' Convention. His previous short documentary PORTRAIT OF AN OLD TOY MAN screened at the Montclair Film Festival, Lighthouse International Film Fest and Rahway International Film Festival (winner - Best Documentary 2013).


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