THE BLACK FOOTED FERRET was thought to be extinct when a small population was discovered in a remote corner of Wyoming in 1981, setting off an urgent race to recover the species from only 18 animals. This film follows the ongoing efforts of many dedicated individuals to return the black-footed ferret to ranches outside Meeteetse, a small, tight-knit community at the epicenter of the discovery almost 35 years ago. Central to the film is the charismatic mammal itself, both cute and ferocious, a predator that gives meaning to an entire ecosystem. Reared in captivity from the original Meeteese stock, black-footed ferrets have now been released at over 24 sites throughout North America, but they still have a long way to go towards recovery. “Ferret Town” presents one of the best conservation stories in the United States, posing the question- how far will we go to save one species?
Ferret Town presents an urgent and compelling conservation story posing the question- how far will we go to save one species?
Virginia has worked in the independent and broadcast documentary film industry for over 10 years, in various roles including series producer, associate producer, production manager, grant writer, field producer, editor, and videographer. Virginia developed an interest in wildlife film during her time in Alberta, Canada, producing wildlife productions such as the series Wild Canada (BBC, CBC, Terra Mater, 2014), The Nature of Things: Wolverine (CBC, 2016), and Killer Quest (National Geographic Television, 2011). Her documentary experience includes work on What Was Ours (Alpheus Media/ITVS, 2016), Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away (Wyoming PBS/The Content Lab, 2015), and The Drift: An American Cattledrive (Caldera Productions, 2019). Ferret Town is Virginia’s directorial debut. Virginia is currently a “jack of all things” for Caldera Productions, she currently lives in the French Alps where she is also a notable landscape painter.
Geoff is the President and owner of Caldera Productions, a documentary production company based in Wyoming. For over 20 years, Geoff O’Gara worked for public television as on-camera talent, writer, and documentary producer. His productions have won a variety of prizes, including a Heartland Emmy for best documentary (Will Rogers & American Politics, 2011), the National Educational Television Association’s (NETA) top prize for documentary (Alan K. Simpson: Nothing Else Matters, 2012), and NETA’s first place award for public affairs series (Wyoming Chronicle, 2010). Geoff is also the author of several books, the former editor of High Country News, and has written for publications including National Geographic books and Traveler magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, American Heritage, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, National Wildlife, Sierra, and others. Geoff splits his time between Lander, Wyoming and the Washington, D.C. area.
Kyle is a photographer and filmmaker based in Lander, Wyoming. His love of outdoor adventure and passion for environmental conservation has shaped and directed much of his work. He came to Wyoming via the National Outdoor Leadership School where he produced promotional video content for six years. Kyle independently produced and filmed Wind and Rattlesnakes (2014), a documentary about the history and culture of rock climbing in Lander, WY. Kyle aims to both educate and inspire audiences through his film work.
Ferret Town is a Caldera Productions film made possible thanks to
generous grants and support from:
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