Our friend, Alison Parker, is in the process of creating a short film about a young boy named Jake (Connor Stanhope, "Smallville") who finds solace in the friendship he develops with a pet ferret after the death of his mother.
Who We Are
The film is written by Alison Parker & David B. Beleznay, two filmmakers from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Alison Parker will direct and Shawn Seifert will be the Director of Photography.
Struggling to cope with the recent death of his mother, young Jake Tyler retreats from his family and the world at large. After being involved in a violent fight with some older boys at school, he winds up in the principal's office with his father who is told that Jake might benefit from professional help. Unfortunately, Jake's father has been unable to help himself through the loss of his wife. When not neglecting his son and daughter as a result, he's furious with them. Jesse (Jake's sister) is so fed up with her selfish father that she moves out of the house, but not without leaving her pet ferret, Jasper, to keep her brother company.
Jake & Jasper become fast friends as the two develop a strong bond. Yet just as this companionship seems on the verge of prying Jake from his shell, his father threatens to take Jasper away. With the thought of losing his best pal, Jake decides to run away from home and the two get lost in a nearby forest. Then when darkness falls Jake & Jasper not only lose each other in the woods, they nearly lose their lives.
Why I'm Making This Film - a Message from Director Alison Parker:
I decided to make the film "Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale" for a few reasons. One, I have always been a fan of films that show the bond between animals and humans. There is something so magical about finding love and understanding from a creature that you can't even speak to. Two, ferrets have always been portrayed in a negative way in the media. They are often shown as being aggressive, dangerous, and sometimes even being used as a weapon. This is really ridiculous and has to stop. I don't want everyone to go out and start buying ferrets without researching the proper care and responsibility it takes to own one - only to change the perception people have of what ferrets are. This film will share with the world the joy a ferret can bring to a family, in a story that will surely warm your heart.
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