“Rattlesnakes are symbols of freedom and independence; teaching that snakes are scary and useless minimizes their significance in our cultural and ecological heritage.”— Jeffrey J. Smith, Co-founder ASP
Rounding Up Sweetwater
Rattlesnakes are fascinating, beautiful, but often feared and misunderstood creatures. They are also the victims of the largest public slaughter of native wildlife in the United States. Our feature-length documentary, Rounding Up Sweetwater, will debunk both the pseudo-science used to justify roundups as well as negative stereotypes about rattlesnakes used to demonize them. But perhaps most importantly, we will show there’s a better way, that it is possible to stop slaughtering snakes without losing their festivals or the income they generate.
Rounding Up Sweetwater started out as a short student film project to capture the world’s largest rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas. But there is much more to the story that we need to tell. After seeing firsthand what goes on in Sweetwater every year, we know there is a better way.
People of the small town of Claxton, Georgia transformed their rattlesnake roundup into the Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival, a festival where they promote conservation and education instead of fear and misconceptions.