Happy New Year! And luckily, it’s the 20th of January, and the start of another year’s worth of parties here at Ferreira Fest, where we celebrate the acting career of Louis Ferreira (Justin Louis) and the works of his friends and the activities of our chosen charities. This month’s issue is very text-heavy as we have two long interviews for you, please be patient as the page loads. And at the very end we have a Happy New Year’s message from Louis! We are starting our 6th year here so bring all your friends! Help yourself to a virtual pineapple cocktail at our bar, and come on in – the fireplace is going…
The Children’s Aid Foundation
We have received a lovely Happy New Year’s card from The Children’s Aid Foundation!
The Foundation’s monthly newsletter The Buzz is available online.
We have extended our sponsorship of The Children’s Aid Foundation for another year. If you haven’t had a chance to make a donation yet, please consider doing it now and starting the new year off right! Click on the banner below and give what you can – every penny helps.
The Good Neighbours’ Club (Haven Toronto)
According to Louis’ wishes we have also extended our fundraising campaign for The Good Neighbours’ Club for 2015. This is the most difficult time of year for the members at the club. It is brutally cold in Toronto and many people’s lives are in actual danger.
Add to that numerous problems with the aging building – burst water pipes, heat loss and similar calamities – it’s enough to bury one’s head and stay in bed. Not so at the GNC! Despite the issues, not a single day was a down day for this organization. From their FaceBook page:
New office attire for staff at The Good Neighbours’ Club. Toque, parka, and gloves… a little hard to type though.
Yesterday afternoon, water pipes burst, flooding the food storage area, today overnight the little heat we had ( boiler disconnected since the Fall) has failed and we have no heat at all!
Third flood we have had in 5 months. Yet, not one day missed in ensuring our men get the services they need! Our staff are fantastic, dedicated and creative. A true blessing being able to work with them.
Thankfully, the men waiting outside to get inside, are able to come out of the frigid -20 degrees. Even though it is cold inside the building, it’s much better than being outside.
Please help The Good Neighbours’ Club in this difficult time. Even the smallest donation will make a difference. Click on the banner on the right – the donations page is secure and you can choose to receive a tax receipt for next year’s round of tax returns. It is very simple to use and walks you through the process in a few easy steps.
The Good Neighbours’ Club has a magnificent new look! Check out the great new banner/ mural:
Our friend Lauro at GNC writes:
The mural is on the front of the building and semi- permanent. We will be undergoing another series of renovations including the exterior; during that time it will need to be taken down but will return to the front of the building as soon as the work is completed.
The art project was a grant we received by a program sponsored by the City of Toronto called StART. It was commissioned to a group of local artists after consultation with members and the local community. It was put up in early December. Our local City councillor and GNC Board member Kristyn Wong-Tam supported the project.
StreetARToronto or StART is a new pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities.
Louis is a big believer in mentorship – in guiding and teaching others to help them achieve their full potential.
Here Louis shares some thoughts on mentorship. Sadly, the sound quality is rather low – the line was not the best – but you can still make it out.
LF – I think mentoring is just one of those things that happens in your life when you feel like something that you love is good for you and you see people in places that you know you’ve been.
I think it’s just natural to want to give back. To give and help others. I love the idea of volunteering. I think that’s the greatest thing in the world to do. Because ultimately, you get to a place where you realize the best thing to do in the world is to serve others. And however that looks and whatever form that takes is, in my opinion, if it’s a service, then you’re doing a great job.
So, whether that’s with one person, or a small class, a big class, a big group, or a huge deal, whatever it is, I think that when you’re doing that then you’re really giving to yourself. So it’s just a natural thing, it makes you feel good about it and I think that everyone, at some point in their lives, should, hopefully, get to that place because it does feel like a place of, like, you start, I do feel like I’m growing up. I’ve grown up. I’ve evolved.
Feeling that is, to me, a very positive feeling. Nothing feels like, it’s much better than any job I could get at this point or any gig. When you start voicing what it is you think in your head that you’ve learned and you start to articulate it, it definitely is different than, a lot of times, than that voice in your head.
So, it’s very, very beneficial. And certainly for me that mentoring saved my life. Mr. Allen, grade twelve, youth programs when I was younger and we’d go to after-school programs and you’d have, in my case, youth pastors, and a church or a group or something that I associated myself with and they were so fundamentally instrumental in my road to my development that I feel it only inherently makes sense that I would be someone who would then return the favor.
Thanks to Casey for the transcript!
THE ART AND POETRY OF JUSTIN “CHANCE” NANNASSY
This month we feature the creative spirit of one of Louis’ friends and someone he mentors – Justin “Chance” Nannassy.
I met Justin on my last visit to LA, and he kindly agreed to discuss his work with Ferreira Fest. We now have a special Gallery for Justin which contains his artwork and poetry – check it out! The page is intended for adult visitors. Children should go here instead.
You can read and listen to the interview with Justin and see some of his artwork on Justin’s Page.
THE CO-OP RADIO INTERVIEW: WHEN SPIRIT WHISPERS
Last month Louis did a long interview on the CO-OP Radio talk show “When Spirit Whispers“. He was there as a guest with his BFF Eugene Lipinski, artist GOlver and host Gunargie O’Sullivan.
The programming directors at CO-OP Radio have kindly given us permission to transcribe the interview portion of the program and post it here, so that our hearing-impaired visitors may enjoy it as well. Many thanks to Leela from CO-OP Radio!
What is CO-OP Radio?
From their website: Vancouver Co-Operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station. Located in East Vancouver and with long-time roots in the Downtown Eastside, Co-Op Radio is a voice for the voiceless that strives to provide a space for under-represented and marginalized communities. Co-Op Radio aims to increase community participation by encouraging examination of the social and political concerns of the geographic and cultural communities of BC.
Please check out their website and learn more about this worthy cause! If you’re in the Vancouver area, please tune in and listen! And if you are elsewhere, visit their website often and listen to recorded programs. And you can also listen online, on your mobile device and many other ways – check out the Listening Page.
Here are the direct links for the full content of the radio program. The music is fantastic, and it’s well worth listening to the entire show.
Find the full interview and transcript on the Interviews Page.
Here is a photo from the recording session that was posted on CO-OP Radio’s Twitter feed; unfortunately Louis’ face is right behind the microphone. From left to right you can see Eugene Lipinski, Louis Ferreira, Gunargie O’Sullivan and Gary Olver.
Don’t forget that Louis’ latest short film ARTHUR still has its fundraising campaign going on! Check out their pitch video and then go to Indiegogo to pledge your support! If you’ve ever wanted to be a movie producer who is listed on IMDb, here is your chance!
Louis plays Antonio, the main character’s abusive boyfriend Antonio.
Paola shared this beautiful photo of herself and Louis as Vera and Antonio on set. Thanks, Paola!
LIFE ON THE LINE
Louis has a small role in the movie which is set to premiere this year.
Oh, and he gets to wear a really big hat. ☺
MOTIVE was nominated for Best Dramatic Series in the Canadian Screen Awards! Congratulations, everyone!
Season 3 starts March 8 on CTV. Stay tuned for more news and photos as press releases about the new season start to appear.
Principal photography wraps right around Louis’ birthday on February 20th.
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
Louis sent this Christmas photo last month. While the season has definitely passed it’s never too late to share! Thanks, Louis!
Season 1 of Durham County is now available on YouTube. The quality isn’t the best but if you haven’t had a chance to watch it you might want to give it a try.
To celebrate the great news for Hungary (see below) we have screencaps of the final episode of Season 2 of MOTIVE – episode 213 For You I Die (beware of spoilers). There are no spoilers for the episode in these screencaps, though! Here is also a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xSNG5yRAPcBfxhHhDkjjseXbptuavrO9?usp=drive_link
THE READING SERIES: ARE YOU AS HAPPY AS YOUR DOG?
Every month Louis reads a chapter from one of his favorite books, Are You as Happy as Your Dog? by Alan Cohen. Mr. Cohen has kindly granted his permission for us to post Louis’ book reading clips here. Please join me in thanking him and be sure to visit his website at alancohen.com.
Click on the thumbnail of the book cover to purchase a copy of the book:
Here is this month’s chapter. Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 23: Don’t take it personally
I can say just about anything to Munchie, and he doesn’t get upset.
Sometimes after he eats dead frogs he comes home with breath that would make a camel wince.
When I tell him this, he just looks at me and laughs.
He has no ego. Maybe he is better off.
Bradley has been a busy man! He wrapped his role as Skipjack on The Lizzie Borden Chronicles just before Christmas, and right after that he jetted off to Italy to film Nightfire.
So here’s Bradley’s little photo album of cool stuff! Click on the thumbnails to see Bradley’s posts on Instagram.
Peter has been busy on the Standup Comedy circuit and some very lucky people got to spend New Year’s Eve laughing with him.
And here is Peter’s view from the stage at the New Year’s Eve event!
As we reported last month Peter had a part in the movie Big Eyes. He plays “a friendly guy”.
And of course Peter went to the cast and crew screening of Big Eyes.
Jen got to visit the Grand Canyon and of course she took the opportunity to take a picture!
In February, her multiple award-winning film Down River will be screening at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Down River is now playing on Moviecentral in Canada!
Down River has a new trailer – you can watch it here.
On February 9th there will be a screening of Down River and a performance by Kevin House with music from the film at Ben Ratner’s Haven Studio.
David has posted a link to his album “Fall Up Art.”
He’s got some really cool stuff on his BandCamp site for you to listen to.
Also, please check out David’s Facebook Page!
NEWS FROM HUNGARY
Great news: MOTIVE has come to Hungarian TV! Here is TV2’s page, and here is Viasat3’s page. This second one is less useful, no information about the schedule is available there. Although the slideshow is nice. There’s even a short video here.
“I couldn’t figure out the logic behind Viasat3’s scheduling, it’s rather chaotic. I’ve found a post on a page called sorozatjunkie (Series Junkie), which explains some of the reasons behind it – it seems to be some kind of weird TV politics.”
Here’s the schedule:
Here is an article (in Hungarian) on the actors who are doing the voices for the Motive characters on Hungarian television.
Oscar Vega is voiced by actor Péter Haás Vander.
Here is a photo of him, as well as a short sound clip from the movie “Platoon” where Peter voiced Sgt. Barnes (originally played by Tom Berenger), so you can get an idea of what Oscar sounds like in Hungarian:
Thanks to Ildi and Agi for the great news, photo and voice clip!
Ildi reports that SGU is no longer on AXN but it’s still on AXN Black. Here is the schedule:
THE GREAT 2015 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Once again it’s time to gear up for the great annual birthday project! Every year The Friends of Louis Ferreira send Louis a box of cheer for his birthday on February 20.
Louis loooves his birthday cards! Listen:
“I love getting my birthday cards. Those are fun! Oh, it’s very sweet. Oh yeah!!”
This year’s theme is “Homemade“.
So: make a birthday card from scratch! There’s no need for grand artwork (unless you’re so inclined). Make something from the heart, write something heartfelt, share something from the bottom of your heart.
Alternatively, you can make a donation to one of our charities (see above or here) or a charity of your choice.
If you’ve participated in a birthday project before – the instructions and mailing address are still the same. If this is your first time or if you’d like the instructions again please send an email to Ferreira Fest.
Be sure to put your card into a larger envelope before you mail it out, and please do not seal the inner envelope. No autograph or contact requests, please – this is strictly to wish Louis a happy birthday.
All cards must arrive here in Georgia/ US by February 1, 2015, so please send them out now.
Questions? Please ask.
ODDS AND ENDS
As of our publication date on January 20th we have had visitors from 90 countries, and 453 different cities or regions all over the world! Welcome, everybody!
We hope you visit often and tell your friends to come over as well so they can put their flag on our map!
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We hope to see you all next month!
And lastly, here is Louis wishing everybody a Happy New Year!
“Hello my friends! Happy birthday! What?! Happy New Year is what I meant to say! I don’t know why I’m speaking this way! But it’s 2015, wonderful things for everybody, every happiness to all, let us all love each other like the brothers and sisters that we are, and Godspeed!“