It’s March 20th, Spring has sprung and we have another great party here at Ferreira Fest where we celebrate the acting career and charity projects of Louis Ferreira and his friends! We have a great interview with Justin Breault, news about Motive, Bates Motel and This Life, along with our Reading Series, screencaps, photos and so much more! Grab a pineapple drink at our virtual bar and come on in!
February 24th was Pink Shirt Day in Canada! This global effort works towards ending bullying. Young people with disabilities are often victims of bullying by those who don’t know any better. As with most things, education and awareness is the key to success. Ability Online members supported the campaign – check out their photos!
Ability Online has a new PSA. Watch it here:
Did you know that Audiobooks are available on Ability Online? Check them out!
If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate to, please consider Ability Online – donations are easy and secure on their website. Click on the logo below to help.
Project Limelight is gearing up for their next big show on June 12, 2016. A Video Diary is being created of the process – Week 1 is now available to watch.
You can look at rehearsal and workshop pics on their Instagram page.
The next Tuesday Night Live Fundraiser is next week on March 22nd! The featured storyteller is Carrie Genzel.
Can’t make it to the fundraiser? No worries, you can buy a virtual ticket by making a donation to help underprivileged kids get high-quality performing arts training with professionals from the entertainment industry. Simply click on the logo below.
The Good Neighbours’ Club
May Birchard – founder of The Good Neighbours’ Club
“On International Women’s Day we remember our founder May Birchard (died July 30, 1968) who was a municipal politician and poverty activist in Toronto. To learn more about this amazing person click here!”
New Washers and Dryers
“With the generous support of Community Initiatives, Housing Stability Policy & Strategic Investments of the City of Toronto’s Shelter, Support & Housing Administration we were able to replace our broken-down washer and dryers. Last year in less than eight months, our men did over 1400 loads of laundry. Thank you to our colleagues at SSHA for their continued support, the staff and men sincerely appreciate it.”
Burritos for GNC! Everybody loves a visit from the food truck! Thanks to a kind donation the men got a special treat. PS: GNC served 45,000 meals in 2015…
The renovations at GNC continue with the pouring of a new basement floor!
Many of us have no idea what it’s like to have no money and no way to do laundry, or to starve between infrequent meals. Unfortunately that’s the reality homeless people face every day. You can help – every penny makes a difference. Please click on the logo below and give what you can.
The Children’s Aid Foundation
The Children’s Aid Foundation has several events coming up that everyone can participate in and help raise money for the children in the foster care system. Click on the links for more info.
April 2nd – Funspiel for Kids
April 17th – The Corsage Project – Boutique Ball
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If you know a child in the foster care system, or if you were one yourself you will know that life can be rough for those kids. Even though they are often rescued from terrible circumstances it can still be a traumatic, life-altering event. The Children’s Aid Foundation has many ways of helping kids with the transition both into and out of foster care. Sometimes even a stuffed toy can make a huge difference. Please click on the logo below and help.
MOTIVE finally returns to the US!
By now you may have heard the good news that MOTIVE was picked up by USA Network.
Season 3 will start airing on Friday nights at 10/ 9c on April 1st (no joke).
Seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch online on the official USA Network MOTIVE site.
Visit the Oscar Vega character page!
Meanwhile Season 4 will start airing in Canada on Tuesday March 22 on CTV. You can find Preview interviews on the CTV MOTIVE site. As usual, the videos are geofenced, meaning you can only watch them in Canada. There’s also a printed interview with Brendan Penny further down the page.
In the coming days there will surely be a flood of press releases and interviews about the 4th and final season of the show. The same excellent interview with the MOTIVE cast, which includes an extensive Oscar Vega character analysis by Louis, can be found at The Province and The Vancouver Sun. The show also makes this week’s “must watch” list in The Toronto Sun.
“The book I used for Vega was The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s just four simple agreements: ‘Don’t take anything personally, be impeccable with your word, always do your best, and don’t make assumptions.’ Let’s face it: Most dramas base themselves on conflict. We’ve been on for four years and we have these two cops (Flynn and Vega) getting along and respecting each other. And that in itself is something we’re very proud of. It may not be as dynamic as some of the other shows, but there’s something about that sensibility, about how we should talk to each other and respect each other. We barely draw our weapons. Motive is about people and their motives, the psychology of what’s going and what’s happening inside.”
Read the rest here. You will also find great quotes from our friend and show runner Dennis Heaton!
Here’s a great picture of the MOTIVE cast and crew that was shared widely on social media.
With a successful 4 year run, high ratings, a large US market pickup and no other obvious problems it is quite a mystery why the show was cancelled – even before Season 4 started to air. A well thought-out article tries to make sense of it all and still comes up with no compelling reasons. Check it out at Metro News and The Chronicle Herald.
And in very remotely related news: the newest addition to Sweden’s royal family is Prince Oscar. Congrats to the proud parents!
Last week Louis had a very small role in two Season 4 episodes of the A&E series Bates Motel. The series, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name), depicts the lives of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film, albeit in a different fictional town (White Pine Bay, Oregon, as opposed to the film’s Fairvale, California) and in a modern setting.
Louis’ two episodes (A Danger To Himself And Others and Goodnight Mother) are available on the A&E website until mid-April so be sure to watch them before they disappear!). Louis plays Dr Guynan, a surgeon who specializes in lung transplants.
Scroll down for some screencaps of both episodes!
Louis kindly shared some thoughts on his part.
Listen to the sound clip here:
FF – I’m so excited, you were on Bates Motel !
LF – Well, for two seconds. I did one scene. It was because my Motive schedule was so light that I was like, get me anything else. So we got me a scene, I play a doctor and it was actually kind of a weird thing because they wanted me to be this professional surgeon and I showed up and I was like, you want me to do what? Especially with certain kind of things you gotta practice a bit.
FF – Right, right.
LF – So the first couple hours were awkward. But then it became okay.
Transcript by Casey.
Great news – This Life has been picked up for a second season by CBC and Louis will be reprising his role as David Crawley, the prodigal dad who returns to his family after a long absence. Filming will begin within the next few months – we’ll keep you updated.
Look for more screencaps from Season 1 in an upcoming Ferreira Fest!
AN INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN BREAULT
This month we have an interview with Justin Breault (pronounced “Bro”) who is a good friend of Louis and was also an executive producer for Through The Pane.
Recently Justin won a trip for two to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, to take in some of the commemorative events honoring him on the 400th anniversary of his passing. On April 24th there will be a Shakespeare half-marathon which Justin and his dad Pierre will be running to help raise funds for the Innocence Lost Foundation.
Read the entire interview and more on Justin’s Page!
To honor Louis’ brief blip on the Bates Motel radar we have screencaps of both of his Season 4 episodes as surgeon Dr Guynan.
Here is a direct link to the first album (episode 401: A Danger to Himself and Others):
Here is a direct link to the second album (episode 402: Goodnight Mother):
Kristin Lehman posted a hilarious photo on the occasion of Louis’ 50th birthday:
Patrick shared a photo from Louis’ 50th birthday party:
Louis met up with Patrick Gilmore and Jen Spence at the Crazy 8s Film Festival.
Earlier this month, Louis had a chance to hang out with our friends Patrick Gilmore and Peter Kelamis.
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
Louis posted a tweet in honor of International Women’s Day.
Louis attended the Crazy 8s Film Festival on February 27 and shared a photo from there. Also in attendance were our friends Patrick Gilmore, Jen Spence and Eric Banerd.
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 37 of the First Reading Series Are You As Happy As Your Dog?
Greyston live-tweets during airings of Bitten. Follow him at @greystonh for all kinds of cool info on the episodes! Greyston is also on Instagram now.
There are a bunch of new interviews with Greyston. Check them out at TV Fanatic, TalkNerdyWithUs, BLEEP Magazine and Galore Magazine.
And here comes the good stuff: new photos of Greyston! Click on the images to see the original postings.
Mika is a prolific poster on Twitter. In fact, if you follow Mika at @mikamckinnon you’re basically subscribing to a science nerd newsfeed. Incredibly good stuff! Also, check out her interview on Mika’s Page!
Mika will be at DragonCon again this year – be sure to put one of her panels on your schedule and arrive EARLY because her rooms are always packed to the gills!
And what would an update on Mika be without at least one hedgehog photo?
Troy’s new movie The Bridge airs today at 7pm on Hallmark Channel! The movie will air several times over the next month – check your local listings.
Single and Dating in Vancouver has received the award for Best Comedy Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards! Congrats, Team!
There have been major updates to Troy’s IMDb listings. Here are details on two new acting projects:
No Compassion, No Mercy (Short) (filming) 2016
Summary: In the near future, the governments of the world have legalized slavery. They take drug addicts and social outcasts off the streets as an excuse to “reintegrate” them to the society. They are then turned into slaves and provided to the wealthy and privileged.
The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente (TV Movie) (post-production)
Summary: When Henry Roth is hired to find the best Italian chef for a new high-end eatery, murder was not on the menu. As the body count climbs, Henry and Maggie find themselves at the heart of another mystery with deadly consequences.
Dennis’ interview with Canadian Screenwriter Magazine is finally online – the full article is now available to the general public. There are other cool pix of him as well. Be patient – the issue takes a while to load if your internet connection is not the fastest.
Dennis also moderated the Writers Guild of Canada‘s 25th anniversary event on February 26th.
There are some great quotes from Dennis in the Season 4 press release for MOTIVE.
“What was interesting was that in season two we were dealing with a case that took place in the past and was a secret, while season three we dealt with an investigation that was ongoing and impressing upon their lives in real time,” Heaton says. “Getting to season four I felt we’d done both kinds of investigative stories. What I was more interested in looking at, after finding the theme of change, I wanted to spend more time dealing with the personal lives of the characters.”
Read the rest of it here.
Patrick’s IMDb listings have been updated with his newest project Scorched Earth.
Patrick plays Sheriff Grubbs in the futuristic thriller. His photographer friend AaronRTS took this great picture.
This past week Patrick was at the Prince George Playhouse March 18-20 to promote the movie there, and he met a slightly wooden version of, well, PG, who shares his initials.
Patrick shared a photo from the Crazy 8s Film Festival where he met up with friends from various projects he has done. Here he is with Shauna Johann and Christina Sicoli.
Eric shared some photos of his band The Wild Romantics. There are currently no live shows on the docket, so stay tuned for more news!
Chance shattered his fibula and is currently recovering from the surgery which included one plate and seven screws to keep his bones together. Hope you feel better soon!! We ‘re sending lots of healing thoughts your way!
Luckily Chance can still draw, and he shared some new artwork.
David and his longtime girlfriend Hayley got engaged!
Congratulations, David and Hayley!
Jen’s new series You Me Her will premiere Tuesday, March 22nd on DirecTV’s Audience Network and on U-verse (clip at link).
Here is an article about the show and the official trailer (Jen appears in it). YOu can also watch a nice little Behind The Scenes video with her as well.
Jen’s IMDb listings have been updated with new roles, and here are a few more details:
Ganjy (Short) (post-production) 2016
Logline: An aging former boxer, suffering from dementia pugilistica and living alone in a skid-row motel, is visited by three old friends, all former boxers, who attempt to help him move to a better place.
Van Helsing (TV Series) (pre-production) 2016
– Episode #1.1 … Karen
Logline: Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
Bradley has racked up a good number of new credits so his IMDb listings have been updated.
The full length movie Land of Smiles continues to rack up awards in various film festivals:
- The Indie Fest Film Awards – Award of Merit, Special Mention Winner
- International Independent Film Awards – Directing, Gold Winner
Land of Smiles now also has its own Instagram Account.
Bradley did an interview for FilmBuzzTV – check it out!
Kenny’s back! Here is Bradley on the set of iZombie. And yes, that IS a velvet shirt.
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Ferreira Fest features a new example of our friend Nicole Pilich’s henna creations. Nicole designed the cover for this year’s birthday book. Please be sure to visit her website at http://healingbodyart.com/. And if you find yourself in Vancouver, stop by at her store and enjoy her craft with a henna painting!
This is a pregnant belly I designed today. I was surrounded by the momma’s loving friends and family while I decorated her blossoming belly. Her baby was stretching out a bit and moving gently like most babies do while I henna the belly. Traditionally, bellies are not decorated in the Middle East, this is something which evolved over in North America. I love doing pre-natal henna!
Thanks for sharing, Nicole, and best wishes to the mom-to-be and baby!
ODDS & ENDS
Life On The Line
Life on the Line currently does not have a release date. There are some doubts that the film will ever be publicly released but a trailer is now available here.
Louis has a small cameo part in the project, playing a bad guy from Texas. John Travolta stars in the movie about the dangerous lives of the technicians who maintain and repair high voltage cross-country power lines.
The Romeo Section
The Romeo Section was picked up for a second season but Louis will not reprise his role as Fred Foy due to his commitments to This Life and other projects.
Ferreira Fest: Behind The Scenes
Have you ever wondered where all of our fabulous transcripts are coming from?
We strive to be all-inclusive here at Ferreira Fest, and so we always have two versions of our interviews: an audio file for our visually impaired friends, and a typed edition for our members who have trouble hearing.
It all starts with an audio file that goes through multiple edits and eventually it ends up with Casey who faithfully transcribes every word in the sound clip. If you’ve ever had to transcribe an audio interview you have an idea of how monumental a task this really is!
Fortunately, Casey has a very dedicated helper who is always ready to lend moral and fuzzy support: Paco the German Shepherd. Here is a photo of the Dream Team in action, with Paco proofreading a paragraph:
Please join us in thanking the two of them for their dedication and tenacity in transcribing all of our interview sound files! Want to thank them in person? Email Casey.
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