It’s the 20th of the month and it’s time for our monthly party at Ferreira Fest where we catch up with Louis Ferreira and his friends! We have an update on Sawyer Ferreira and the launch of her personal web page, tons of Friends news, our exclusive Reading Series and so much more! Grab a refreshing pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
Ability Online has several new Community Partnerships with institutions of higher education, providing course placements and internships. Read more about it here.
Save the Date – on June 11th the 20th Annual Axion Golf Tournament will be played! It’s an important fundraiser for Ability Online.
The 150 Challenge continues! Find out how you can get involved in finding new sponsors!
Ability Gives is sponsoring Thomas this month:
Thomas is 10 years old, born with muscular dystrophy, which caused a delay in his walking, talking and global development. Exercise is the best way for Thomas’s body to develop stronger and faster, helping his growth, especially in his lower body where he needs it most. The regular use of an adapted bike will get Thomas the right help he needs to strengthen and develop his lower muscles, helping his overall well-being. We need your help to raise the funds for Thomas’s bike so that he can build his strength – and have fun doing it!
Thank you for your time and help!
You can always make a donation to Ability Online by clicking on the logo below.
Project Limelight will perform Off the Hook on June 11th!
OFF THE HOOK is a fresh new take on the classic Peter Pan! This all-ages comedy takes us from East Van to Neverland, where The Lost Boys look for a mother, The Lost Girls look for The Pirates, The Pirates look for Peter, and Peter, he’s just looking for some fun! Fly away with us on this music and dance filled adventure, be ready to ARRRR along with us and make sure you keep an eye out for the Crocodile! OFF THE HOOK offers a magical live theatre experience for the very young and the young at heart!
Check out some of the cast!
Project Limelight will be at The Fair in the Square May 28th. Check out what those talented kids have to offer!
The next Tuesday Night Live fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 23rd at Lux Lounge. Be there for fascinating stories from show business!
To help inner-city kids get a free high-quality performing arts education in Vancouver please consider making a donation by clicking on the logo below.
If you have any new toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-sized soaps or shampoos from your last trip and are trying to put them to good use please consider donating them to Haven Toronto. The organization provides showers and other amenities to elder homeless men in the Toronto area. They also provide internet access, clothing, food and various activities like weekly art programs and so much more!
Haven Toronto Then & Now: a Blast from the Past
Check out these photos of Haven Toronto (then called The Good Neighbours Club) in the 1930s and today!
The Annual General Meeting will be held on May 16th.
Please help this very worthwhile cause – every penny makes a difference! Click on the logo below to go to our very own donations page. Please note that the page is named after the former name of the organization, The Good Neighbours Club.
The Children’s Aid Foundation
Upcoming Events and Campaigns
Like-minded business and community leaders from the child welfare, government, academic, scientific, and health sectors gathered to develop ideas and inspire change in response to the changing needs of young people served by Canada’s child welfare services. Hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation, five speakers talked for 14 minutes each about a range of thought-provoking topics that are shifting the way we think about the young people in our nation’s child welfare system. This year’s five14 theme was Commit. Connect.
Check out the Webcast Video for five14 Talks!
May 14th is Children and Youth in Care Day
May 14th is Children and Youth in Care Day across Ontario. It’s a day to celebrate the strength of young people who have experienced things no child ever should. It’s also a way for caring members of the community to show our country’s most at-risk young people they are not alone and help them achieve their full potential.
Without support, the odds kids in care face are tough to overcome. Less than half of them will graduate from high school. And about 70 per cent of homeless youth have been involved with the child welfare system.
But with your help, young people in care are capable of amazing things. Help young people beat the odds by donating today!
Making Children’s Lives Brighter Together
Fill your home with warming candlelight. In gleaming gold, silver and rose gold finishes, limited edition unscented poured wax candles from GlucksteinHome were developed in partnership with the HBC Foundation’s HEADFIRST program in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. Their lustrous metallic finish etched glass vessels make a stylish keepsake for jewelry, flowers, or decor long after the candles are gone, and they are beautifully boxed for easy gifting.
The HBC Foundation’s HEADFIRST program will donate $16.50 from the sale of each GlucksteinHome candle to mental health programs at the Children’s Aid Foundation. Buy a candle today.
This funding will provide long-term support for the most urgent needs of children and young people who have experienced neglect, abuse or abandonment, ensuring they have access to the resources they need to succeed.
You can always get the latest news with the online newsletter The Buzz.
Please help support kids in the foster care system make a successful transition into adulthood by donating via our personal donations page by clicking on the logo below. It’s easy and secure!
Louis’ episode of REAL DETECTIVE is now available on Netflix, so if you missed the original airing, here’s your chance to watch. Louis played detective John Conaty in the episode Blood Brothers.
MOTIVE has racked up a pile of nominations in the 2017 Leo Awards! Check them out:
– Best Dramatic Series:
Producers Rob Merilees, Lindsay Macadam, Rob LaBelle, Louise Clark, Ben Brafman, Erin Haskett, Dennis Heaton, Sarah Dodd, Daniel Cerone
– Best Direction in a Dramatic Series:
David Frazee, Motive – The Dead Hand
Kristin Lehman, Motive – The Dead Name
– Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series:
Dennis Heaton, Motive – The Dead Hand
Sarah Dodd, Motive – Foreign Relations
Julie Puckrin, Motive – Interference
– Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series:
Lisa Binkley, Motive – Natural Selection
– Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series:
Candace Cruikshank, Motive – Natural Selection
– Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series:
Chad Krowchuck, Motive – Index Case
Luke Camilleri, Motive – Index Case
– Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series:
Kristine Kofsky, Motive – The Dead Name
– Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series:
Brendan Penny, Motive – The Vanishing Policeman
– Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series:
Kristin Lehman, Motive – Natural Selection
Best wishes to the nominees! Louis has won the Leo for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series twice – it’s time for someone else to receive the honor.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SAWYER FERREIRA
This month we’re catching up with Sawyer Ferreira who just turned 18 years old last month. And to celebrate the official launch of her own web page at The Friends of Louis Ferreira, Sawyer graciously took the time to catch us up with her recent projects and her plans for the near future.
Here is a brief introduction from Louis:
LF: “I got no words really to say about this wonderful young woman that I’ve had the privilege of being her dad. She continues to amaze me in every way. I cannot believe she is now considered a full-fledged adult, but I could not be more excited for her to shine the light that she is onto this beautiful world in her beautiful way. A prouder papa you will not find.“
Listen to the interview and read a full transcript on Sawyer’s Page.
Louis shared several pictures this month:
Since MOTIVE received so many Leo Award Nominations we have 286 screencaps of the episode The Dead Hand which received two nominations. In this episode Angie is taken hostage by a suicide bomber while Oscar is trying to defuse the situation from the outside.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/472
IT CAME FROM THE TWITTERVERSE
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 we have chapter 12 of Mr. Mugs – Meet My Pals.
The Affolter Brothers
The four brothers are juggling a large number of projects right now. Here are updates and recent successes! Louis is acting in both Counter Act and The Undertaker’s Son.
The short film got four Leo Nominations incl. Best Direction and Best Short Drama!
The movie was screened at the Bermuda International Film Festival on May 2nd.
The Undertaker’s Son
will screen at Cannes Film Festival!
The complete set for the diner
Amanda is over halfway through with Season 1 of Altered Carbon where she is the script supervisor.
Greyston has been cast as the character Kyle in the new series Somewhere Between which is currently in pre-production.
Logline: The series follows a mother who travels back in time to prevent the murder of her daughter.
Need a light? Greyston tries his hand with pyrotechnics. Never a dull day!
The easiest way to keep up with Mika is via Twitter – click here to sign up for a constant stream of interesting science tidbits, disaster management tips and ways to become an environmental activist! Bonus feature: frequent adorable hedgehog photos.
Here are two recent articles Mika has published.
- The law-trained physicist turned movie technician: An interview with Laura Kasian
- What a Physicist Sees When She Looks at a Fancy Gown
Eugene is on his way to St. Petersburg in Russia to film the movie Siberia. As usual, he gets to play a deliciously bad guy!
Logline: When an American diamond trader’s Russian partner goes missing, he journeys to Siberia in search of him, but instead begins a love affair.
The Reading Room
“The reading room. My job when I lived in Toronto, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sick Kids Hospital… I love the children…”
Troy has kept busy with his newest project, the short film La Buena. Follow the movie on Twitter!
Dennis is working on a new series, Ghost Wars, as executive producer and writer.
Logline: A remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces and local outcast Roman Mercer (Jogia) must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all.
The series will air on SyFy and Netflix. Read an article at Deadline.com here: “Science, Humanism, Religion and the Paranormal all get a seat at the table.”
Dennis received two Leo Nominations, one for Best Dramatic Series and one for Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series for the Motive episode The Dead Hand. Congrats, Dennis!
Patrick looking good on Fairly Legal
Randy Rafuse is Patrick’s long-time double on set
Eric went Skydiving!
Justin has arrived at his new home in Nashville. Lots of artwork and poetry will be coming our way soon as well as new websites and an updated Justin Nannassy Page.
David’s official website is back up – there’s lots of new content under Music, Photos, & Watch
Check out his new album To Undo Lost Meaning.
David also has a new Facebook Artist Page.
You can watch a video of David conducting the Bibb County Honor Choir at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta here.
Jen got two Leo Awards Nominations:
-Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for Travelers in the episode Grace
-Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for You Me Her in the episode Remember, Ruby, Remember
Congrats, Jen! Way to go! Watch Season 2 of You Me Her – here is the link.
Ingrid is on Instagram!
Ingrid writes: Binging BOSCH Season 3… loved working with this badass cast and crew!
Ingrid just celebrated a birthday!
Ingrid and her husband Rob being goofballs
A short while ago Ingrid made the short film Dancing Still with Louis, and it is finally available out there for everyone to enjoy. Watch it right here or on Ingrid’s Page! And be sure to check out the Dancing Still Edition of Ferreira Fest!
Rob is working on a new show as a writer. He just penned the episode The Determined and the Desperate for the show Rogue.
Logline: Grace, a morally and emotionally-conflicted undercover detective, is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s mysterious death. In her quest for the truth, Grace finds herself striking out on her own and falling deeper into the city’s most powerful and dangerous crime family.
Rob’s last show ICE has received eight Leo Nominations, including Best Dramatic Series.
KITS: Kids In The Spotlight
Rob is filming Caged with KITS. He writes:
“After having a total of about 3 hours sleep total in three days we took over Hillsides in Pasadena yesterday and gave the kids their movie. It was 100% a group effort. So thank you to EVERYONE who showed up to volunteer their time and love on this journey. My heart is so full. Appreciate you all!“
KITS has posted a Thank You video – Rob appears midway.
Peter is hosting the 2017 Leo Awards! Let’s hope he gets to give lots of awards to his best friends and maybe even to himself, because Peter also received a Leo Award Nomination for Best Supporting Performance by A Male in a Dramatic Series for his role as Yellow Jacket in the series Beyond. The show garnered four nominations overall.
Here’s Peter with the Beyond cast at dinner. Bon Appetit!
Peter has several new IMDb Listings so we’ve updated the credits on Peter’s Page:
- Chuck’s Choice
- Dead Rising: Endgame
Logline – DEAD RISING: ENDGAME drops us into the zombie-infested quarantined zone of East Mission City where investigative reporter Chase Carter must stop a secret government conspiracy.
Our friend Patrick Sabongui from FYA also appears in the video game.
There is a great new review for Bradley’s full-length feature film Land of Smiles by FYFC Studios. Check it out!
Bradley’s script for Dragon Run is a Screenwriting Competition Finalist (Top 3) in the Nashville Film Festival. Congratulations!
Here are Bradley and Patrick rooting for the Edmonton Oilers at Game #7! Go Team!
Mark Miller writes: “It was a really great to see and catch up with fellow filmmaker (and one of the stars of my short film Reel Guerrillas), Bradley Stryker. I think we are destined to work on more projects together.”
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:
“Here is a jagua hand design I did. This lady is looking at getting this done for real one day.“
ODDS & ENDS
Louis’ IMDb page has finally been updated with new photos! It’s been a long time coming but it got done at long last. Check it out here.
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 and TV reminders!
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