On May 8, 2012 Ferret Squad Media announced that funding is underway for new feature film entitled “The Ferret Squad” and they need your help. the deadline to contribute is June 10, 2012 and production is scheduled to start at the end of August 2012.
With Sally Meyer (You’re So Cupid) as the screenwriter, The Ferret Squad tells the story of Max Jones, played by Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale star Connor Stanhope (Connor also played the role of young “Lex Luthor” on the TV series Smallville). In the story, Max is a teenage boy who must move to California with his father; he then realizes that Digger, his pet ferret, won’t be able to come along because ferrets are illegal. Max finds a way to sneak Digger across the border, and thinks his troubles are over. In his new home state, Max meets and joins forces with a group of quirky kids known as “The Ferret Squad” who spend their summer days rescuing and fostering illegal ferrets. When Animal Control plans to destroy some confiscated ferrets, Max and the Ferret Squad go on a desperate mission to save the poor animals by transporting them across the border with the law and their parents in hot pursuit. The movie also stars Sierra Pitkin and Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale alumnus Blu Mankuma (“Harry Helmsley”, 2012).
In 2011, Canadian director Alison Parker created a 25-minute independent film release entitled Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale. After creating a buzz on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and selling the DVD directly via mail, the film went on to be shown at festivals across the United States and Canada and even won accolades such as The Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival, an Award of Merit at the IndieFest and a Gold Remi Award at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.
The success of Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale and the fact that the domestic ferret is illegal to own as a pet in the state of California inspired Ms. Parker to create a new feature film called The Ferret Squad, the movie, like her previous work, features pet ferrets as the central theme.
Alison Parker is currently raising funds to finish this film, which she hopes will be ready for release in the Spring of 2013. Again using social media sites as well as the web-based site Indiegogo, she is hoping to raise $50,000.00 prior to June 10, 2012. Interested potential funders can donate through the Indiegogo website directly (www.Indiegogo/TheFerretSquad). True to the main theme of the movie, 5% of donated funds will go to the cause of legalizing ferrets in the state of California through www.legalizeferrets.org.
For more information and to make a donation or help with the project please visit:
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The fundraising campaign can be found on Indiegogo at http://www.indiegogo.com/TheFerretSquad .
Donations can be made through the Indiegogo website. Major credit and debit cards and Paypal are accepted. The fundraiser ends on June 10, 2012.
The film is a production of Ferret Squad Media in cooperation with Union of BC Performers (UBCP), an autonomous branch of ACTRA.
Sources: The Ferret Squad street team, Ferret Squad Media
Photos credit to: Ferret Squad Media
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications is a proud media partner of The Ferret Squad The Movie.