And once again the 20th of the month rolls around, and that means another big party here at Ferreira Fest where we celebrate the acting career of Louis Ferreira (Justin Louis) and his friends and check in on our charitable causes and mentorship work. This month we have an exclusive interview with Eric Banerd, the Motive Season 3 opener, photos, Q&A, the big Birthday Project wrap-up and a homework assignment for all of us! Grab an age-appropriate fancy pineapple cocktail at the bar and come on in – let’s polish off those birthday cake leftovers!
The Children’s Aid Foundation
The Children’s Aid Foundation has a few exciting events coming up next month:
April 15th: Volunteer Appreciation Night
April 19th: The Corsage Project – Boutique Ball
The Corsage Project, working in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, is a non-profit program in Toronto dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to young women and men who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear. Through the scholarship program, the Corsage Project also helps local high school graduates achieve their post-secondary goals.
Check out the official newsletter of CAF: The Buzz – the February issue can be found here.
Click on the banner below to donate to the Children’s Aid Foundation.
The Good Neighbours’ Club
The Good Neighbours’ Club in Toronto has made several posts this past month.
The club members are in desperate need of towels. It has been extremely cold in Toronto this winter and we all know how good a nice hot shower feels. If you live nearby please drop off some towels at GNC or make a donation below. Join the folks who have generously donated towels already!
At their recent Board meeting GNC honored their past chairs.
And we got a #FollowFriday shoutout from The Good Neighbours’ Club!
If you’d like to contribute to the towel fund or any other needs of The Good Neighbours’ Club, please click on the banner below – the donation process is quick and easy, and all donations are tax-deductible!
Louis is a regular supporter of Project Limelight, a children’s art organization in Vancouver. Here he is with the kids and with co-star Adam Greydon Reid after participating in one of their recent film projects, a short film called The Review.
The Review screens on March 22 at 2pm in Vancouver, at Simon Frazier University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. If you’re in the area this weekend don’t miss it!
The March 16th edition of Westender has the following blurb:
Project Limelight – the busy non-profit that provides valuable performing arts opportunities to Eastside kids – presents a special afternoon screening of its short film, The Review. Directed by Michelle Ouellett (Afterparty), the short stars the Project Limelight kids and a bevy (or is it a gaggle?) of local film & TV industry pros, including Louis Ferreira (Motive, Breaking Bad), Erica Carroll (Supernatural, When Calls the Heart), and Adam Greydon Reid (Gracepoint, Continuum).
Watch for a special live presentation by the Project Limelight performers. 2pm, March 22 at Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s (149 West Hastings).
Here’s a short promo video that includes Louis:
MOTIVE’s Season 3 is finally on the air! Alas, there is still no word about who will pick up the series for their summer lineup (ABC will not pick it back up). Meanwhile people in Canada can enjoy the new episodes while the rest of the world has to bide their time.
But here are a good number of online articles, photos and tweets about the first few episodes! Hopefully MOTIVE’s ratings will remain high and entice networks elsewhere to pick up the series.
The Vancouver Sun – February 27, 2015
The Vancouver Sun’s Francois Marchand visits the set of CTV crime show Motive, shot in Vancouver, for an exclusive look at Season 3 and interviews with the stars.
The Vancouver Sun – March 1, 2015 (same video, different picture)
“I like Vega — he’s someone that still has the values that existed in what seems like a past tense: Things like integrity and honesty and nobility and loyalty,” he said. “There’s also always been a spiritual aspect to Vega, and it’s something I personally strive for and believe is super important for all of us. That’s something I’ve definitely tried to embrace in this character.”
The Star – March 19, 2015
The homegrown crime drama begins its third season on a new night, six months after the dramatic events of the Season 2 finale.
VanCityBuzz – March 6, 2015
Check out an exclusive preview of one of Motive’s stunts in photos! Who’s the man with the fire extinguisher?
TV-eh.com – March 6, 2015
Secrets keep Motive rolling! “We’re both playing characters that are in their 40s and there is a strong codependence between them. We’re taking out the sexuality, but we’re enhancing the intimacy.”
The Televixen – March 6, 2015
Angie and Vega have to sort out a separation as the season begins, and Lehman says she and Louis Ferreira had questions about how it unfolded, and whether it was a formal estrangement. She likened it to something that most close friends can relate to. (Contains several high-resolution cast photos – grab them while you can!)
CTV.com – February 19, 2015
Vega will have some battles ahead as he will face a crisis that not only threatens his career, but his personal life as well.
CTV.com Preview Trailer (only watchable in Canada)
Bellmedia – February 19 2015
Kristin Lehman leads the returning ensemble cast for a third season, including 2014 Leo Award-winning actor Louis Ferreira, along with Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly, and Warren Christie.
Bellmedia – high resolution cast shot on location from article above: download now!
Bellmedia – lots of nice high quality photos, cast photos are at the bottom
Bellmedia – ratings for the season opener
Bellmedia – A press release in pdf form with a great Oscar Vega photo – download now!
Thanks to Agi for the links!
There were countless others but they tended to be quoted or copied from the articles above.
Here are a few MOTIVE-related Tweets (click on the thumbnails to read the original posts):
Motive Season 3 Episode Titles
301: Six Months Later
302: Calling the Shots
304: The Glass House
305: The Suicide Tree
307: Pilot Error
308: Reversal of Fortune
309: Best Enemies
311: The Amateurs
312: Frampton Comes Alive
AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIC BANERD
For the past half year Louis participated in a young artists mentoring program called FYA – Fulfilling Young Artists, and he was asked to mentor a young actor and musician named Eric Banerd.
Eric was kind enough to do an exclusive interview with The Friends of Louis Ferreira for this month’s Ferreira Fest.
You can read and listen to the interview as well as an introduction by Louis on Eric Banerd’s Page.
Eric is also a drummer! Want to see him perform in a band live on stage? Here are his upcoming tour dates:
March 26th – Queens Hotel, Nanaimo – The Wild Romantics
March 27th – Duncan Showroom, Duncan – The Wild Romantics
April 6th – Railway Club, Vancouver – The Wild Romantics
April 9th – Skinny Fat Jack’s, Vancouver – The Wild Romantics
April 12th – The Hindenburg, Vancouver – The Wild Romantics
May 1st – 10th – Canadian Music Week- Various Shows, Toronto – The Wild Romantics / Jodi Pederson
May 14th – The Port Theatre, Nanaimo – The Wild Romantics / We Are The City
June 19th – Revelstoke – Jodi Pederson
June 20th – Vernon – Jodi Pederson
July 1st – Kelowna – Jodi Pederson
THROUGH THE PANE
After a year on the Festival Circuit, Pauline Egan’s short film starring Louis Ferreira is still wiping the floor with the competition!
The latest win was at the Legacy Filmworks Awards which was held March 6-9, where Through The Pane won 1st Place! Congrats, Pauline, and way to go!
Here’s a really old photo posted by Edunio Silva on his Facebook page. Thanks for sharing, Edunio!
Announcing: MOTIVE Season 3 is finally here – for those lucky enough to live in Canada…
Louis shows a photo of himself being the ever-serious Oscar Vega, discussing strategies with the SWAT Team…
Behind the scenes of shooting MOTIVE Season 3, hanging out with Kristin Lehman.
This photo was taken on the balcony of the condo where the crime scene was located in MOTIVE Season 3, episode 2 “Calling the Shots“.
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
SCREENCAPS and Q&A: Grey Gardens
Legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles died two weeks ago. Albert and his brother David became famous for their unconventional movies which inspired a whole new way of making documentaries. Read a press release here.
From Wikipedia: The Maysles Brothers have shot over 30 films. Their films Salesman, the Rolling Stones film Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens are considered examples of Direct Cinema. Albert Maysles said: “Remember, as a documentarian you are an observer, an author but not a director, a discoverer, not a controller.“
Albert pioneered the “fly on the wall” perspective in documentary cinema. His success from a technical aspect was based on separating the camera from the sound recording device (David used a Nagra) by accurately controlling the speed of the camera and the tape recorder allowing the two devices to be moved independently with respect to each other; an impossibility in commercially available equipment at the time. Long takes with ordinary equipment of the era would invariably lose synchronization.
In May 2002 the New York Times referred to Albert as “the dean of documentary film making”. Two of their films, Salesman and Grey Gardens, have been preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
In 2009 HBO released a movie about the making of the Maysles’ documentary of Grey Gardens. Louis played David Maysles, Albert’s brother, who was the sound engineer genius half of the film maker team.
Louis has fond memories of making this movie.
Listen to the sound clip here:
FF – Here’s a thing that also happened. Did you hear that Albert Maysles died?
LF – Yeah, I just read that like four days ago. Did I play Albert or David?
FF – You played David. You played the brother.
LF – David was already, had passed away.
FF – Yeah. And now Albert is gone too.
LF – Yeah.
FF – Oh, what a shame. Grey Gardens is one of my favorite movies. It’s just phenomenal and so wonderful. Do you remember making that? Was that filmed in Toronto?
LF – Yeah, we shot it in Toronto, it was during that period where I was kind of stuck there. When I was like, I can only take jobs in Toronto, and it was a gift that came through. And I auditioned and I remember, I was such a big fan of Jessica Lange as a younger actor, I thought, as far as actors, it was her and Meryl Streep, those were my two queens of acting, and so seeing her act and being around her was like a real treat.
And then Drew Barrymore, it was interesting to see Drew because she’s usually the cute girl, the quirky next door friend type of thing, and she was really pouring her heart and soul into her character, she stayed in character the entire time. And she introduced herself to me at the wrap party. She said, “I’m Drew.” Up until then she was Little Edie the entire time.
FF – Oh my gosh.
LF – So, it was nice to see her method-act. And she had a vocal coach through the entire time who was there, and it was nice because of course there was a little flirtation between my character and hers. You just were happy to be part of that kind of project, and then it went on to win, didn’t it win eight Emmys or something?
FF – Oh, yeah, it was huge.
LF – It won a lot of Emmys and so it was just a nice feeling to be part of that kind of… that’s one, as an actor, when you get those, those are the homeruns, and for me it’s never been about, just to be part of something like that where you’re just grateful and you’re like, wow, it’s a nice feeling when you’re in a film that so many people love and respect and that gets that kind of accolades.
So, I remember it well, I remember enjoying my experience very much. Again, I got to be a fly on the wall, as we, in fact, were the documentary filmmakers making – it was “the making of the making of”, so, we got to watch them act. So, a lot of the times we were the ones recording, pretend-recording, and filming and recording sound.
But you saw very little of us, but we were there for a lot of it.
FF – Yeah. Oh, it’s just so well done. And I’ve watched the original documentary, after I had…
LF – Which is also great.
FF – I’d seen actually the Grey Gardens version first, and then I watched the original documentary afterwards. And it was amazing, the overlaps and just the care that went into the historical research that they had done. And to replicate the situation and the looks and even the fabrics, it’s just amazing!
LF – Yeah, they did a great job. It was definitely a cool piece, I was very happy to be a part of that.
FF – I was wondering, also, how different is it when you play a character that is entirely made-up, such as Colonel Young or something vs David Maysles who, at the time, was still alive, right? When you filmed it?
LF – No, I think David was already deceased.
FF – David was already dead?
LF – I think so. I knew one of the brothers, I feel like, was already passed. So it must have been David, if Albert just passed. Yeah, it’s always interesting. The weird thing is, a lot of times you’ll take liberty with it. When you’re playing a real person, I feel for me it’s like you’ve got a lot more advantages because you’ve got so much more to go on. There’s a sound, there’s a look, there’s a history, there’s a life. There’s real stuff, whereas if you’re creating something, it’s great in the sense that you are the one creating it, but at the same time, a lot of times it’s explorative in that, as you’re doing it, more and more is revealing itself.
I had a whole history and a biography and a sense of everything about him. It feels like it’s an advantage only from the perspective of having information more at your fingertips.
FF – Right. The background, yeah.
LF – Yeah.
FF – Well, and I guess it also…
LF – It makes a difference, as opposed to, because the fictional ones, you’re creating the background.
FF – Right.
LF – You know, with Colonel Young I had to imagine him. This is his childhood. This is how he got into the military. This is why. Why is he hard and cold and stern? You know, all that stuff, that’s all coming out of your own, you do that kind of work, and that’s just as fun. It’s different, I don’t know, they’re both challenging, just in different ways I guess.
Transcript by Casey.
To commemorate Albert Maysles and his brother David who died in 1987 we have 339 screencaps from the HBO movie for you this month. Please be sure to watch the actual movies – they will be well worth your time, and these iconic all-star classics don’t lose their appeal even after repeated viewings.
The original Albert and David Maysles during the making of Grey Gardens
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/14268
This month we have a question from Brian.
Listen to the sound clip here:
FF – When I was reading the Song of Ice and Fire books, I pictured you as Prince Doran Martell. At any point, were you ever up for the part, or had you considered trying for a role in Game of Thrones? Alexander Siddig is a great actor and I’ve seen him in a few parts. He should do fine in the role, but I still think you would have been better.
LF – Well, thank you very much. The answer is no and no. Very, very sweet of him to say. I will take that, and say thank you to that!
Thanks for the great question, Brian!
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LOUIS ASKS YOU!
It’s been a while since Louis gave us all an assignment, but here we go: inspired by his memories of playing an actual historic character Louis wants to know which actors playing historic characters you like.
Listen to the assignment here:
LF – I want to know people’s favorite biographical performance by an actor of somebody else. And I will say that I just love the kid who won best actor for The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne, for playing Stephen Hawking. He’s brilliant.
So that’s my contemporary choice.
I love Jim Morrison in The Doors.
And I love Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon. I feel like this is what it is? The Andy Kaufman one. He was brilliant. Yeah. But those are my three off the top of my head.
I’m sure there’s others but that’s a great question and have people come in with their answers. I want to know who – that’d be fun!
Transcript by Casey.
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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.
You can listen to all the book readings on the Reading Series Page.
This month’s reading is chapter 25 of the First Reading Series Are You As Happy As Your Dog?
Hi there — Lots of fun things coming! Lizzie Borden starts airing in April on Lifetime and Thai-Sanity is almost finished, which will then be another exciting adventure of its own!
Hope you’re great!
Bradley was recently seen on stage in Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander at ReGroup Theatre in New York City. He shared a few pictures, as well as from a recent appearance in Supernatural:
Peter has a new IMDb listing! Check it out:
All of My Heart (TV Movie) – Inspector (2015)
Tagline: After inheriting half of a house, a young woman develops an unexpected friendship with her co-owner.
Louis and Patrick Gilmore attended Peter’s show at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena. Louis mentioned it our last conversation and just how awesome the show was. Congrats, Peter! It’s always nice when you have friends cheer you on…
Rob’s IMDB listings have also been updated:
Murder in the First (TV Series) (co-executive producer – 4 episodes)
– Episode #2.4 (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Twenty-Fifteen (2015) … (co-executive producer) [was Episode #2.1 before]
Jen has been busy filming the Sci Fi short film The Adept. Check it out on Twitter.
Here’s a cool picture of David performing which appeared in The Colonnade, Georgia College’s student newspaper.
The Dance Performance for which David wrote some of the music, “Body: How Truth Moves” took place earlier this month to sell-out crowds. Congrats, David!
Chance has posted four new poems. Click on the thumbnails to see the full text.
News from Hungary
“There’s only MOTIVE on Hungarian TV now, and it’s only on TV2. It’s on Thursday night at 11:35pm. Also, Saw IV will be on Film Mania on the 20th at 10:55pm.
Apart from these, there’s nothing else Louis-related in Hungarian TV. Not a very exciting month I’m afraid.”
Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Ildi!
ODDS & ENDS
Last month Louis’ IMDb file pushed back into the Top 5000. It was right around the time when all the press releases about MOTIVE Season 3 started coming out.
It’s been a while since we’ve featured the Wikipedia hits page for Louis. Here is a screenshot of a recent one. Which day do you think was the Season 3 premiere for MOTIVE?
Alma writes: Did you ever watch the videos of the llamas being chased in Arizona? They’re weaving between stand-still traffic while people try to catch them. Vicky, who is 4 years old, saw it and said “Elmer says no playing between cars.” I guess Elmer’s still teaching kids about safety… but not llamas!
Know any young kids who could use some traffic safety training that’s fun and potentially life-saving? Check out our Elmer Page – we have booklets, flyers and Elmer’s Safety Song for kids of all ages!
The 2015 Birthday Project Wrap-up
Thanks to everyone who sent in a birthday card for Louis. The package was sent straight to Los Angeles where Louis enjoyed unpacking everything and reading your notes.
Here’s a picture of all the birthday cards that were sent to Louis…
…And here is Louis with one of them.
And here’s Louis with a message for everyone!
A big thank you to all my friends! I am so grateful for the birthday wishes and the birthday love, and I send it right back in the form of every happiness to all of you. I was truly humbled and felt very, very loved, and so a big, big thank you to you guys!
A week earlier Louis’ Vancouver friends threw a surprise party for him at the Blue Water Cafe. Here is the birthday cake with the wonderful old photo on it. Thanks for keeping us posted, Pauline and Jackie!
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