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On Tuesday, November 14, 2012, Canadian film director, Alison Parker, is proud to announce that Richard Bach, author of the beloved 1970 novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, has contributed to help her make her next film, The Ferret Squad.

Mr. Bach is no stranger to stories that revolve around ferrets, as he wrote five novellas entitled The Ferret Chronicles,  in which ferrets were the key characters.  Those stories were 2002’s Air Ferrets Aloft, Rescue Ferrets At Sea and Writer Ferrets:  Chasing the Muse; 2003’s Rancher Ferrets on the Range and The Last War:  Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed.   In 2005, the aforementioned titles were collected into one book, Curious Lives: Adventures from the Ferret Chronicles.

Mr. Bach, who has owned many ferrets, has been a long-time supporter of legalizing ferrets as pets in the state of California.  In an interview with www.smallanimalchannel.com, he said, “I’m a little distressed that California, the state in which I grew up, is the only one of the contiguous United States to declare it illegal for humans to shelter and love the domesticated ferret. With a bit of antique discrimination, the laws of California have made it impossible for me to return to live in the state where I was raised.”  Because the central theme of The Ferret Squad is the fact that it is illegal to keep a ferret as a pet in California, when looking for contributions to help make her film, Ms. Parker contacted Mr. Bach and is very pleased that he agreed to help.

The Ferret Squad is a family-friendly feature that 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, Ben (Canadian Award Winning Actor Chad Willett, The Locket, Joan of Arc); 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 boasts an impressive cast that includes, in addition to Stanhope and Willett, Canadian Award Winning actress Julia Benson (best known as “Lt Vanessa James” on the TV Series SGU Stargate Universe), Canadian Award Winning Actor Cainan Weibe, whose acting credits include roles in The Sandlot 3 (“Ryan”), Sucker Punch (“Tommy Boy”), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (“Newborn Boy”), Falling Skies (“Marshall”), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (“Quentin”), Eric McNamee (“Gus” on the Cartoon Network’s “Level Up”), Clive Holloway (“Maurice” on the UK TV Show “Beaver Falls”), Sean Michael Kyer (who has appeared on the TV shows “Alcatraz”, “Fringe” and “Continuum”), Dylan Schmid (“Baelfire” on the TV Series “Once Upon A Time”), Sierra Pitkin (Juno), Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale alumnus Blu Mankuma (“Harry Helmsley”,  2012),  Award Winning Canadian Actress Gabrielle Rose (Excited), Michael Roberds (“Uncle Fester” on the TV Series The New Addams Family), Conner Dwelly (“Young Patricia Swan” on Smallville and “Morraine” on ABC TV’s Once Upon A Time), breakout star Emma Tremblay (will be starring with Matt Damon in the upcoming film Elysium) and Falcor the Ferret (Jake and Jasper:  A Ferret Tale).


If you would like more information about this project or wish to interview Alison Parker, please contact her directly at (604) 345-3263 or e-mail her at ferretsquadmedia@gmail.com

For more information visit The Ferret Squad at www.theferretsquad.com, Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFerretSquad and Follow on Twitter:  @ TheFerretSquad

Photo credit to: The Ferret Squad Media
Source: The Ferret Squad Media

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