It’s the 20th of the month and we’re throwing a big party as we begin our 8th year of Ferreira Fest! We have lots of Aftermath screen caps, major Charities and Friends updates, our second Reading Series, a Q&A, a special New Year’s greeting at the very end, and lots more. Grab a festive pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
THE 2017 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Like every year Ferreira Fest is gearing up for a special birthday surprise for Louis. His birthday is on February 20. All submissions must be received by February 1 to allow for final formatting and shipping.
This time our project is mostly digital, so no need for shipping anything by snail mail. If you prefer to submit your contribution by snail mail, please email Ferreira Fest for the address.
For the instructions please go to the 2017 Birthday Project Page.
When Louis first started getting involved in Ferreira Fest in the Fall 0f 2011 it was our big goal to work towards charitable causes that we – his friends, supporters and fans – could promote. Now you, honored guests, are able to give back something for every photo Louis has shared, every question of yours he’s answered, every tweet of yours he’s responded to, every story of his that has touched us.
Giving to those in need, serving society for the greater good and sharing our good fortunes with those who have fallen upon hard times are essential expressions of the human spirit, and to many of us, including Louis, it comes naturally. Doing good makes you feel good. Giving makes you richer. Sharing creates communities.
Please support our charities!
You still have time to support the fundraiser for Iris at Ability Gives. Iris has cerebral palsy and needs a special chair to to keep her spine straight. Click here to help Iris.
You can always support the vital mission of Ability Online and help kids with disabilities by giving them a safe online community to support them. Click on the logo below to help!
Project Limelight is now raising funds for its current group of talented kids and their big show which will happen on June 11. You can watch a great video of these incredible young performers here.
The next Tuesday Night Live Fundraiser is Tuesday January 24th at Lux Lounge in Vancouver. Storytellers will be announced shortly!
Please help disadvantaged Vancouver kids get a free high quality performing arts education by clicking on the link below and donating – every penny helps.
Haven Toronto (The Good Neighbours’ Club)
Message from Executive Director Lauro Monteiro:
Today we unveil a new strategic plan for the long-term benefit of the men we serve. Key to this is the renaming of The Good Neighbours’ Club to Haven Toronto. The word “haven” aptly describes us as a place of safety for our men, who can often be further victimized while on the streets. To emphasize this, we will position ourselves as “a sanctuary for elder homeless men”. That’s not all, however.
We have a new vision and mission
Our vision is a safe and just community in which elder homeless men have the opportunity to live a quality, dignified life. Our mission is to be a national leader of services, program delivery and advocacy focused on elder homeless men.
We have a new website
The new website (www.haventoronto.ca) will more accurately reflect the services and
programs that Haven Toronto provides, and will feature news regarding Haven Toronto activities and events. It will also feature a new video that highlights stories from the men we serve and the experiences of our volunteers, donors, partners and staff. Our social media sites will also be linked and feature the many faces and stories about the organization and the men we serve.
What isn’t new is our ongoing support for elder men who are homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated. This commitment began in 1933 during the height of the Great Depression, some of the toughest times this country has ever seen, and will continue going forward.
Why are we doing this?
We have three key objectives:
1) revitalize our identity to make it more contemporary and relevant;
2) increase awareness of our services within the Greater Toronto Area;
3) improve engagement with all stakeholders including the men we serve, volunteers, donors, partners and staff.
This year marks a new foundation of growth for Haven Toronto, and we welcome you to share your comments and input on this journey. Thank you for your continued support.
Watch a great new video about Haven Toronto!
Haven Toronto is a charity based in Toronto that operates a day center for elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men over 50. Haven Toronto offers services that include counseling, housing outreach, access to nurses, system navigation, meals, clothing, mail and telephone service, access to computers and much more.
Haven Toronto, formerly known as The Good Neighbours’ Club, was founded in Winnipeg in 1933 during the great depression to help unemployed men.
May Birchard, the founder, was a politician and anti-poverty activist. She opened a new chapter of the club when she moved to Toronto.
Haven Toronto has had a storied history and has played an integral role in helping elder homeless men in need. In fact, the agency is the only organization focused on elder homeless men (men 50 and over) in Canada.
In Toronto, there are almost 3,000 men over the age of 50 years old in homeless emergency shelters annually. Many hundreds more sleep outdoors and in other precarious accommodations. The number of seniors who are homeless has doubled in four years. Haven Toronto is their sanctuary, a place where they can feel at home, where they are always welcome and treated with dignity and respect.
Open 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year, Haven Toronto provides the essential services they need for their day-to-day lives. Haven Toronto provides access to healthy and affordable meals, laundry facilities, clothing, recreational amenities, showers, computers and phone services and messages. In addition, a mailing address, counselling and basic medical services are offered to help clients with any challenges and difficulties.
Most importantly, it’s a place where elder, homeless men can feel safe, where they can form and cultivate friendships and become part of a community, something that is important for each and every one of us. Please consider supporting Haven Toronto today. Thank you.
Please click on the logo to donate!
The Children’s Aid Foundation
Photos from the Annual Holiday Season Celebration of The Children’s Aid Foundation are now available here.
The holidays may be over but you can still contribute! Visit the Hope for the Holidays Page to make a cash or tribute donation.
Supporting At-Risk Youth Through Financial Literacy
With the generous support of Citi Canada funding, the Children’s Aid Foundation has been able to support the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre’s (PARC) Financial Literacy Training and Pre-Employment Program for at-risk youth involved with the child welfare system. The program offers a practical money management and pre-employment curriculum for youth ages 16-24,living in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Specifically designed to assist young people who are transitioning to independent living from foster care, and faced with the often overwhelming reality of budgeting and financial independence, the in-person program, which runs for one night over the course of 15 weeks, aims to help vulnerable youth build stability.
From learning how to pay rent, to budgeting for groceries, building good credit scores, and starting a savings account, participants are encouraged to think critically about their finances and invest early. Many youth in care are not taught these practical skills throughout their childhoods, and once they transition to independent living, are completely unprepared for the financial realities of adulthood. This can result in dependence on social services and even homelessness.
You can always read the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz.
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CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
Louis has been nominated for another Canadian Screen Award for his role as Oscar Vega on Motive. The nomination is for the category of Best performance by an actor in a continuing leading drama role.
Louis’ former co-star Kristin Lehman nabbed a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.
This Life was nominated for Best Dramatic Series.
Check out the other nominees for a variety of categories here.
Congrats to Louis and all the other nominees!
Aftermath Season 1 is now done. We are waiting for news on whether the show will get a second season. The ratings don’t really support it but we can hope!
In the meantime you can follow Aftermath on Twitter at @AftermathTV.
Missed an episode? Catch it on @iTunes and watch today!
The first season of Brad Wright’s time travel show Travelers has concluded its run. As we wait for news about season 2 here’s an excerpt from an AVClub interview with the show’s lead Eric McCormack where Louis gets a mention.
AVC: You worked with Brad Wright on The Outer Limits in the ’90s, but it was a while before you did another sci-fi project. With The Andromeda Strain miniseries, you got to appear in a Michael Crichton adaptation, which must have been pretty cool.
EM: Indeed. I really liked it, and I don’t know that it ever had the effect they were hoping for. I don’t know if they got the audience we were hoping for. But I thought it was very fun, and I loved the character I was playing. He was not in the original film, but he was kind of a Geraldo Rivera almost kind of reporter that had a drug addiction. We start the story in rehab, and then he gets the roots of the story. I loved him. He was very different than anything I’d played.
In fact, there’s a scene I have in a tent with Louis Ferreira, who just did an episode of Travelers. He was in the fourth episode of Travelers playing another team leader, and we really have it out, not unlike the way we did in the tent in Andromeda.
Louis answers a question from one of our readers.
Just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for those lovely readings you’ve been doing. My son Zachary had his 6th birthday last week. He is a HUGE fan of your Mr. Mugs book readings – he’s got them all memorized. All he wanted for his birthday was a Mr Mugs book. My husband managed to score one on eBay. Zachary was the happiest kid on earth with that little book. So I was wondering: What was the best birthday gift you ever got?
Your friend Janna
Listen to the sound clip here:
LF – Oh, oh, I got one. Okay, so I got, when I was, let’s just say, seven or eight, I got a bag filled with toy soldiers. One hundred toy soldiers. So I could set up all kinds of scenarios with the soldiers.
I used to collect stamps, I used to get stamps, 3D stamps, a 3D stamp collection. I used to get cards, they were animals, they were, like National Geographic has a thing filled with [them], I would get a different animal every week or something.
Thanks to Casey for the transcript!
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
To celebrate the new year we have 942 screencaps of the two episodes of Aftermath in which Louis was on screen. Louis played the mysterious Bob ‘Moondog’ Black and for most of Season 1 we only heard his disembodied voice on the radio. Enjoy!
Here are direct links to the albums:
Now That We Talk of Dying
Whispers of Immortality
THE NEW READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – MEET MY PALS
The second monthly reading series is Mr. Mugs – Meet My Pals by Martha Kambeitz, Denise Burns and Josephine Proctor.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.
You can listen to the book readings on the Reading Series Page.
This month’s issue is chapter 8 of Mr. Mugs – Meet My Pals.
The Affolter Brothers
Counter Act, a short film starring Louis Ferreira, will screen at the Vancouver Shorts Film Festival on Saturday January 28th at 7pm. Get your tickets here!
Watch an interview with Jon, Heath and Thomas Affolter with Reginald Angus Argue on Reginald’s Show:
“Very honoured to announce our short film The Undertaker’s Son has been funded as a winner of Crazy8sFilms17! Huge thanks to Crazy8s Film Event and their generous sponsors, and congrats to the 5 other winning films!”
I received a Facebook message from a woman the other day and she told me that this photo, of my coach and I, is up in her home gym. She went on to say that my “focus and drive is clearly illustrated. A picture that sums up the relationship between coach and fighter. Many hours of training captured in one poignant shot.” Needless to say, I was extremely flattered.
Here’s the photo of Justin and his coach.
And here are Justin and his mom with a holiday celebrity at the mall…
The mini-series When We Rise in which Justin had a small part won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Palm Springs Film Fest.
Logline: Evie, a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming.
“How do you feel about romantic comedies about the end of the world? What if we add science? My latest show is No Tomorrow. Binge to catch up before the science-heavy episodes air this month!”
“I’m so tickled my science made it into the trailer for the next episode of No Tomorrow! Apocalyptic romantic comedy of impending doom is the best.”
Mika also appeared on Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom – Episode 15 (can be streamed/ downloaded here). For a constant stream of sciency tweets and gratuitous hedgehog photos please follow Mika on Twitter!
SADinVAN is at VWF!
“We’re back! We’re happy to be back in the Vancouver Web Fest this year as an Official Selection and Best Comedy nominee. The 2017 Vancouver Web Fest runs from March 17th to 19th 2017. Stay tuned for more details and screening information.”
Read more here.
Patrick did a great interview at NoWhiteNoise.com where he discusses his character on his current show Travelers. It’s a must-read!
Travelers was ranked #5 in streaming TV shows during the first week of January. Help get it renewed for Season 2 – watch a cute clip here! The show’s musical score is available on SoundCloud. There’s also a Subreddit discussion page for Travelers on Reddit. Travelers is also on Facebook and Tumblr.
Patrick visited with Santa at the mall over the holidays. Twins separated at birth? Give it a few years and you won’t be able to tell them apart!
“A show I created and have been working on for the past couple years is finally coming to fruition. Can’t wait to make this with some of my best buds in 2017. Yes, it’s a show about growing and selling pot, and yes it’s hilarious.”
Eric met Louis through the FYA – Fulfilling Young Artists Mentorship Program where Louis was assigned as his mentor. Here is the video with the last FYA cohort. Eric makes several appearances and Louis gets a nice mention. Watch it now!
Justin Chance is now using his given name, Justin Nannassy. We’re in the process of revamping Justin’s Page to make sure you can still access all of his art and poetry. Meanwhile, here is some new artwork and a photo!
New Art: “I painted these characters for a children’s doctor’s office.”
Louis, Justin and Josh Thrower: “Missing my Papa Smurf & Pookie!”
“WHEN YOU TURN ON THE RADIO AND HEAR A David Dingess SONG ON GPB. Okay, that is all.”
For more on David’s music and career and to listen to his recording of Elmer’s Safety Song please visit David’s Page.
Ingrid has been cast as LaTonya Edgar in Bosch. Bosch is an American police procedural web television series produced by Amazon Studios. It streams on Amazon.com and Season 3 is set to premiere in early 2017. It is based on Michael Connelly’s series of best-selling novels.
For me info on Ingrid’s career please visit Ingrid’s Page.
Rob’s latest script for a narrative short film called The Bird Who Could Fly has won Best Drama and Best Original Script at the Asians on Film Festival. Read more here.
Kids In The Spotlight
Rob is a steady supporter of this children’s art charity. He writes:
“In the season of awards, none resonates more than Kids In The Spotlight. These kids living in the LA Foster system put everything they have into making these films. All their love, devotion and tireless energy is on every page that they write – And in every scene of these films. Mo McRae, Tige Charity, Tamesha Scott – Thank your for continuing to give these kids a platform and for allowing me to be a small part of your Herculean efforts. It’s easy to look past these kids every day and never give them a voice much less a chance at art. Much love. All love. One love.”
Peter’s new website is now online! You can sign up for regular updates as well. Check it out!
Also, be sure to visit Peter on Instagram, and follow Peter on Twitter for frequent updates!
Peter’s new series Beyond airs on Tuesday nights on Freeform TV – check your local listings.
You can also binge the full first season at Freeform.go.com. Peter plays an incredibly creepy guy known as The Man in the Yellow Jacket. Advertisements for the show even ran on Times Square. Beyond has already been renewed for Season 2!
The Man in the Yellow Jacket
Here’s Peter in a rainy action sequence!
Bradley has been busy as usual!
Land of Smiles won the Special Jury Award
at the Nevada International Film Awards!
Bradley’s script for The Dragon Run goes on to the Semifinals at Screencraft. Congrats!
Here’s Bradley during a break in the filming of the movie Witness Protection.
The Stryker Family was celebrating Christmas and the Holiday Season in style!
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations with Ferreira Fest. Please visit her website for lots more photos and fascinating facts and information about this ancient artform. And if you find yourself in Vancouver – visit her studio and treat yourself to some Healing Body Art made just for you.
This month Nicole writes:
So the other day I was looking at my chopping board and decided it needed an overhaul. So I plastered it with some henna. I haven’t done this before but I consulted with others who have and they affirm that the henna stain is safe and doesn’t transfer a taste to the food. Yay! Looking forward to using my renovated chopping board. The picture shows the board with henna paste freshly applied.
ODDS & ENDS
IMDb Top 5000
Louis was back in the IMDb top 5000 in the 1st and 2nd week of January, undoubtedly catapulted back to those lofty heights due to his recent roles in Travelers and Aftermath.
A Blast from the Past: Tony Danza
Tony starred in one of Louis’ earliest movies, Doing Life, which is based on the true story of Jerry Rosenberg, the world’s first convict turned attorney. When two cops are dead and he’s the chief suspect, Jerry finds himself in a maximum security prison awaiting the death penalty. One night, as a fellow inmate is executed, Jerry resolves to save himself by studying law. Louis plays a young convict named Bobby who joins Rosenberg in his legal studies. Screencaps can be found here.
During the 1980s, Tony Danza was one of TV’s most famous sitcom stars thanks to roles in Taxi and Who’s the Boss? Two decades later, though, he traded in stardom for the even tougher job of teaching high-school English. Based in Philadelphia, Danza has since published a book detailing his experiences and his concern for the American education system.
A New Year’s Greeting from Louis
Click to hear the special New Year’s message from Louis to all Ferreira Fest readers!
“Happy New Year to all my friends, much love and every happiness!”
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