Published December 2015.
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As we finish out our 6th year of monthly parties we have so many goodies to share this time – an interview with Louis’ long-time co-worker Amanda Alexander, Charity and Friends news, a new column by Nicole Pilich, our exclusive Reading Series continued, photos, screencaps, videos and much more! Come on in – the fireplace is going, and virtual pineapple cocktails are on the house while you enjoy Louis’ special holiday treats!
Watch a message from Colin Mochrie whom you might know from the hit comedy improv show “Whose line is it anyway?“. Colin was a special guest at Ability Online‘s recent fundraiser at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Ability Gives introduces Norah and Chloe who are in dire need of specialized equipment to help them improve their mobility and thus their ability to interact with their community. The campaign goes until the end of the month, so if you’ve been thinking about giving to a charitable cause, read the story of those two little girls and then give what you can. It’s easy and safe.
Want a tour before joining Ability Online? Send them a tweet! Make a donation – click on the logo below!
Project Limelight has posted a lot of photos from the workshop led by musician Chersea.
As the good folks of Project Limelight are gearing up for their next big production please consider helping out by making a donation. Click on the logo below – it’s quick and easy.
The Good Neighbours’ Club
Interior repairs at GNC headquarters are underway! Our friend Lauro Monteiro writes: “Our offices packed for more moves to allow interior renovations, including the replacement of floors, walls and sewage drains in the basement. Floor to ceiling packing boxes ready for movers.“
Additional “In Their Own Words” pictures and write-ups have been posted on GNC’s Facebook page. You can view the collection of the volunteers’ photos on the GNC Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira.
Lots of great photos are also available from the recent Friends and Supporters reception.
“Sgt. Sin Chin and constables Michael Jeffery and Susan Crawford from Toronto Police Service 51 Division join Adrienne McLennan, host of The Good Neighbours’ Club’s friends and supporters reception November 19 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute.“
Our friend Lauro Monteiro at GNC writes:
“There was some awesome musical talent on display at The Good Neighbours’ Club today as members of the University of Toronto’s music department performed a wide range of Christmas carols for the members.
Thank you Jackson, Pauline, Adrian, Edmee, Stacy and Elaine. And, thanks to Andrew Clark for arranging this festive event!”
The Club has a fundrasing goal of $5,000 for this holiday season. Won’t you help out? It doesn’t take much to support their cause, and our private donations page makes it easy. Click on the logo below to donate now.
The Childrens’ Aid Foundation
We’ve received a lovely holiday card from Jess Brayne, our liaison at CAF:
The Buzz – the monthly newsletter of The Children’s Aid Foundation – has tons of info about what’s going on at CAF during the holiday season, including the Annual Holiday Season Celebration, and there’s also a CIBC Miracle Day 2015 video.
Here’s a photo from their recent Gala Event “Teddy Bear Affair”, and you can also watch a video right here.
Missed this great teddy bear extravaganza?
You can still contribute by making a donation to CAF at our very own donations page. Click on the logo below, and help make sure that a disadvantaged child will find some joy this holiday season – warm clothing, school equipment, or even a teddy bear.
Great news for our friends living in France: MOTIVE is now airing there! Read more about it here. Shooting for Season 4 will continue right up to the holidays this year when everyone goes on a short hiatus.
Darren Mann is a young and very much up-and-coming actor who has had a guest role on MOTIVE’s episode “Pitfall” (Season 2 episode 7) and was featured in a recent interview. He says that working with Louis was one of his favorite acting jobs. Read the article here.
Kristin Lehman posted a lovely photo of herself and Louis during the filming of MOTIVE‘s Season 4. Thanks for sharing, Kristin!
And lastly, the MOTIVE cast and crew went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens together. Can you spot some familiar faces? Thanks to Rob LaBelle for the photo!
THE ROMEO SECTION
Look who was featured in an official episode 9 Twitter ad!
You can watch a sneak peek of the episode right here. At press time it wasn’t geofenced – let’s hope it stays available, because Louis is in it!
Here’s another direct link to trailer.
The Romeo Section airs on Wednesdays at 9 on CBC. You can watch full episodes at the Official Website if you reside in Canada. Louis plays Fred Foy in episodes 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Keep your fingers crossed that The Romeo Section gets picked up for another season, because Louis would be continuing as a recurring character!
AN INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA ALEXANDER
Amanda Alexander is currently the script supervisor for MOTIVE and also worked with Louis on Stargate Universe. A veteran of all three Stargate series and dozens of other shows and movies Amanda is one of the busiest people you’ll ever meet, so it was a very special treat to catch her for an exclusive interview.
Read and listen to the interview and an introduction by Louis on Amanda’s Page.
To honor Louis’ long-standing working relationship with Amanda Alexander we have 245 screencaps from their very first show together – an episode of the series “Millennium” called “The Pest House“. It takes us back to 1998!
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/9075
And the winner of this year’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest is…
Slightly blurry but no less funny: good times with Patrick Gilmore, Aleks Paunovich and Michael Eklund.
an Oldie/ Goodie shared by David Blue
with Aleks Paunovich on the MOTIVE set
Louis shared some photos of Billie:
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
Louis posted some Happy Sunday tweets and a Thanksgiving Greeting.
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 34 of the First Reading Series Are You As Happy As Your Dog?
The 3rd season of Greyston’s werewolf saga Bitten will air on Space Channel, starting February 12th. However, Space will not renew it past that. Sign the #Howl4More petition for a fourth season! Watch this video for a Final Season Sneak Peek!
In the meantime Greyston is in Vancouver laying down tracks in the studio and working with his mom. He’s part owner of the “She’s Some Kind of Wonderful” Boutique with her. They just set up their online store. Check it out – there’s some really cool stuff there!
Mika was a guest on Cara Santa Maria’s “Talk Nerdy” podcast. For those of you watching the show, Mika is also still doing her “Elementary” recaps.
A field geologist’s work is never done, and hair dryers sometimes save the day…
And Mika’s Mr. Tibbers does his best to wreak some havoc in the fresh laundry!
Troy shared a photo of the SADinVAN Season 2 Crew.
Troy is the one on the bottom left.
“…aaand – ACTION!!”
– Filming Season 2 0f SADinVAN
We’ve updated Dennis’ professional credits with new MOTIVE episodes. Check out the Dennis Heaton Page for much more info!
Dennis has signed on as a mentor with From Our Dark Side. He writes:
“They contacted me about the program and their need for story editors/advisors for the contestants. Having benefitted from several mentors in the early stages of my career, I know how important it is for the fresh talent to get access to and information from the more experienced members of our industry.”
From Our Dark Side is a Canadian genre concept competition for women-driven stories by women writers of thriller, sci-fi, fantasy and horror.
Finally, below are two photos from last month’s Canadian Screenwriter Magazine photo shoot by photographer Jeff Weddell.
Patrick’s movie No Men Beyond This Point won the Best Feature Audience Award, Feature Script Award and Feature Editing Award at Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival. And Patrick won the Feature Actor Award! Congratulations, Patrick!
And here is that fateful visit with Santa where the beard got the ultimate “is this real?” test…
A short time later the beard was history. Watch below.
Santa’s competition is being eliminated. Click to watch.
On the set of Hallmark Channel’s “Dating Game“. Click to watch.
We’ve updated Eric’s professional credits on Eric’s Page. Here he is on the set of The Man in the High Castle where he plays one of the bad guys. Eric is the one on the left.
Eric’s band The Wild Romantics will play at Peaks Grill in Golden, BC on December 31st – can you think of a better way to ring in the new year? Don’t miss it if you happen to be spending New Year’s Eve in the area!
Chance’s new single “Glock” was featured on SoundCloud’s “Who’s Up Next“. Congratulations, Chance!
We’ve updated Chance’s Gallery with new artwork and some great new portraits.
Here’s Chance on The Dr. Jack Steele Show.
And here’s Chance with a fluffy friend!
Jen’s last Short Film The Adept is an Official Selection at The Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival in New York City (January 14th-17th, 2016).
At the same time the movie is also an Official Selection at The Miami International Sci-Fi Film Festival (January 15th-17th, 2016).
For more info about The Adept check out Jen’s Page.
Here are Ingrid and her husband Rob Munic at a recent Charity event.
For more pictures heck out Ingrid’s Page.
Rob’s new series Empire has received 12 NAACP Image Award Nominations and a Golden Globe Nomination! Congratulations to Rob and the entire Empire Team!
You can watch Season 2 of Empire on the Official Website.
Rob writes of the enclosed photo collage:
“Christmas at Empire. Where your boss is very Rick Ross, the soul food keeps calling, and the squad is… Festively embracing the season! Happy Holidays to you and yours.”
Peter is scheduled to appear at Everfree Northwest, Seattle’s My Little Pony Convention, on May 13th – 15th, 2016.
Peter also voices “Rolf” in an Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy Christmas episode.
Below are three of the characters from My Little Pony that Peter is voicing. And Peter himself, looking sharp on set.
Bradley won a Best Director “Gold Lion” for “Land of Smiles” at the London Film Awards. Congratulations, Bradley!
His recent series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles will be released on DVD on February 2, 2016, so if you missed it or online viewing is not your thing or your internet connection is too slow, check out the DVD.
And here’s Bradley in iZombie, episode 2-13.
HEALING BODY ART
We’ve had several emails complimenting Nicole Pilich‘s beautiful Paris Peace artwork that was featured on our Home Page after the terrorist attacks on Paris last month. Nicole has kindly agreed to share a photo of her artwork every month.
Here is this month’s offering, with a brief comment by Nicole.
“This is a dream catcher done with a South American fruit dye called Jagua. Like henna, jagua stains the skin semi permanently for up to two weeks.
Henna is the most prominently used skin dye for semi permanent staining, and turns the skin brownish red. Jagua results in a blackish stain.”
For much more info please visit Nicole’s website at http://healingbodyart.com/
THE 2016 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
It’s that time of the year again when Ferreira Fest gears up for Louis’ birthday on February 20th. We want to gather birthday wishes from all over the world for him! If you’d like to participate please send a brief email to and you will receive instructions and the mailing address. Please don’t delay – some overseas mail services take several weeks to ship a letter. All correspondence has to be received no later than February 1st, 2016, so please plan accordingly.
And that, dear Friends, is about it for this month! Thanks for visiting often! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the Louis news you can handle.
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We hope to see you all next month!
And here are our two little Holiday treats.
First, Louis shares this funny little animated movie featuring the Ferreira Family.
This movie is Vickie-approved!
And here is Louis’ special holiday message for you! Click on the sound clip to listen.
“Merry Christmas, everybody and a Happy New Year!
I wish that 2016 brings everyone joy, peace, love, in short – every happiness to all my friends,
and thank you so much for supporting us and for being a part of our lives.
We wish you a happy happy holiday season and we love you very very much.
Be the love that you are!”
Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2016
from everyone at Ferreira Fest!