Published October 2018.
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And once again the 20th of the month is here; as the cooler days approach we throw another great party at Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and his chosen charities. We have so much good stuff for everybody this month, so grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail and some sweet potato pie at our virtual bar and come on in!
Research has shown that young people who belong to strong social networks experience higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. But social networks for people with disabilities may include fewer than 20 contacts, while people without a disability have networks of around 150 people.
At Ability Online we safely connect young people with disabilities to each other and the world around them! And we’ve been doing this incident free for 28 years!
Help us reach our goal of having at least 100 people each donate $100 by end of day on Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Please note: we realize $100 may be a lot for one person, so any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.
A highly original way to raise funds for Ability Online! There are two dates to choose from (or two days to indulge!): November 15th & 22nd – tickets are on sale now! It goes without saying that this is an adults-only event… and you might want to appoint your designated driver now!
There are several new posts on the Ability Online blog – check them out!
Ability Gives directly supports one child with special needs per campaign. Meet the current recipient, Dominic. Dominic is a 5 year old boy born with multiple heart defects and at about 2 years old his parents discovered Dominic had significant hearing loss in both ears.
Since Dominic isn’t a candidate for surgery the family will need to now return his rental and purchase a new BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid) .
Since Dominic’s speech is very delayed this new BAHA (with newer technology) will help him get caught up in his speech for everyday communication and will also help him start school this Fall.
This hearing aid is extremely expensive, but will open a whole world up for Dominic! Your support in giving him the gift of hearing is greatly appreciated! Click here to help Dominic!
You can always donate to the general fund for Ability Online, where the money will be used for the most urgent needs. Please click on the logo below.
Project Limelight is moving to new facilities! To help clean out the closets and raise necessary funds they held a big Moving Sale a week ago on Saturday October 13, for props and costumes and other memorabilia.
Project Limelight is a non-profit performing arts program in East Vancouver offering residents ages 8 to 15 years old of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant programming at no cost. Project Limelight provides youth with a safe place to build an artistic community alongside professional actors, directors, dancers, singers, costume designers, filmmakers and musicians. As part of their commitment to the community, nutritious meals and snacks are provided to every child at each workshop and rehearsal.
Please help them make the transition to their new home and donate what you can by clicking on the logo below. Every penny helps!
Every year, billions of dollars of food produced in North America alone goes to waste. The numbers boggle the mind. And it’s so easy to cut down on food waste, while millions of people go hungry or experience food insecurity every day.
Haven Toronto, a daytime shelter for elder homeless men, has posted an article of 39+ Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste. Check it out, and see what you can do to cut down this terrible statistic.
Next, check out the most recent monthly newsletter! Click on the thumbnail to read it online.
Do you ever find yourself wondering what exactly happens with the money that you give to a charity?At Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share website you have full control over what your donation buys: simply make your selection online, pay for the goods, and without any further effort on your part, those goods will go directly to elder homeless men in need. It couldn’t be any easier!
To donate to the Haven Toronto general fund, please click on the logo below. It’s easy and secure. Please note that the link leads to our own donations page which bears the former name of the organization – The Good Neighbours’ Club – but your money will still go to Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair is widely recognized as one of Toronto’s most highly anticipated black-tie galas. Revenue generated from the event is used to support the most pressing needs of vulnerable children in our community. The gala is sold out but you can still donate.
Read the online newsletter The Buzz.
To make a donation to the general fund and help children in foster care get much needed support and a chance at a running start in life please click on the logo below. Our special donations page is easy to use and secure.
THE UNDERTAKER’S SON
Louis’ latest movie with the Affolter Brothers The Undertaker’s Son will be having its 1st Vancouver screening since last year’s Crazy 8s Films gala this Sunday, October 21 at 6pm at The Rio Theatre as part of East Van Showcase, East Vancouver’s Film Festival! Come out to see the film if you happen to be in the neighborhood! The movie also stars our friend Karyn Mott – scroll down to the Friends News section to read about her latest endeavors.
Louis’ new series Bad Blood airs on Thursdays 8/7c on CityTV in Canada. Louis plays mobster boss Domenic Cosoleto in the gritty series about a Canadian drug cartel.
According to series star Kim Coates the show will air outside Canada later this year so stay tuned for news!
An interview with Kim Coates mentions Louis. Read it here.
Follow Bad Blood on Twitter at @BadBloodSeries!
There are several short clips of the first episode of season 2 in the feed that include Louis so be sure to scroll through the posts to about early September.
Important Bad Blood links:
This month we have 278 screen caps of the first Bad Blood episode of Season 2 Who Are You?, featuring Louis as mobster Domenic Cosoleto.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/34354
THE NEW READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – PEEK IN PLEASE
The third monthly reading series is Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please 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 under the Reading Series Tab.
This month’s issue is chapter 10 of Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please.
Alaina did a short film called Vagabond some time ago, and the trailer is now available – you can watch it right here!
Alaina plays Nora in this creepy little movie about the things (and people) we bury in a relationship.
Happy October to all you beautiful souls out there! Special Thanks for always allowing me the opportunity to share what I am working on with you.
Last time I wrote, I shared about my experience on the set of Unspeakable – a new CBC/ Sundance show that will air in the upcoming months. It was an amazing experience.
It taught me a lot about trust within myself, about letting go of my expectations around the performance. I remember feeling nervous about some of the scenes but the magic of it all was when we started to film them the work I had done to prepare was inside of me, viscerally, and I was able to just be present with my scene partners and the thoughts and emotions of Lisa.
These last few months were busy for auditions for me, but I didn’t work. Such is the life of an actor: sometimes it’s feast and sometimes famine, which is just something you learn to roll with in this profession.
You have to, or you’ll never last. It provided an opportunity to really develop my craft and to continue the work when no one else was looking. It’s the discipline I’m finding so important as an actor: if I’m not constantly learning and watching and developing my instrument when the time comes it won’t be as finely tuned as it could be.
I absolutely loved every moment of it… yes, I would like to spend all my time on set or in performance, but when I am not I have just as much inspiration and excitement for the work.
Starting on Monday things will get really busy again for me. I am one lucky young woman! I auditioned for a musical a while back and landed the role of Jo March in Little Women – a role I have wanted to play since I was a little girl reading the books. I haven’t had the opportunity to do theatre in a few years now and this was an opportunity I could not miss. Getting back into the daily practice of singing has filled my soul in ways that nothing else can. The contract runs for 2 and a half months out on Vancouver Island and I am excited, prepared and dedicated to the process.
What’s crazy about the next few months… remember when I talked about the feast and famine of an actor working? Well, last year I filmed a movie called Heaven, based on the V.C. Lewis book trilogy, and about two weeks ago my agent got the call saying that between the middle of November and the end of February they would be filming the next two books. I have been cast in both of them. So on days off from the musical I will be coming back to Vancouver to film these next two books. Once the show closes I will be back in Vancouver and will continue to film.
These next few months are going to be about stamina and really taking care of my instrument and myself.
It will be about being able to fully embrace each of these two characters; it will be about breathing and trusting. It will be about living one day at a time.
I can’t believe the life I get to live and the job I get to play at, I feel like I do a lot of work but I also feel like I never work a day in my life because I love what I do.
Wishing you all a wonderful month and I will be sure to write an update in the next newsletter.
The Affolter Brothers
Heath has a writing credit for an episode in the upcoming season of Travelers (Episode 3.10). Congrats Heath!
Since it’s Saturday Morning Eve, why not check out Heath and Jon Affolter on the hilarious podcast Saturday Morning Cartoon Crunch!
Soggy Flakes VS Frosted Flakes: A Stop Motion Adventure on SMCC…
Watch the video right here!
“Got to do a very small actor role on The 100 and, even though it was non-speaking, it was kinda fun.
VERY nice people all around on this show.”
Amanda’s new series A Million Little Things is currently airing on Wednesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
You can watch full episodes on the official website.
“They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.”
Mika has a new article at Wired Magazine:
The race is on to find killer asteroids before it’s too late Mika is participating in Inktober, an online art project. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. View Mika’s entries on her Twitter feed at @mikamckinnon. Her October 1 entry is below.
Troy has a few exciting gigs coming up! We can’t talk about them quite yet but stand by for an announcement soon.
There’s a great new interview with Dennis at YVRscreenscene: “What goes on in a TV writers’ room? Dennis Heaton answers our burning questions“
A useful quote from the interview:
Heaton has one additional piece of advice for emerging writers and producers – and it’s a big one. “Don’t drink too much at the social events,” he says.
And here’s Dennis with a really really hot MOTIVE script…
Patrick has snagged a UBCP/ ACTRA nomination for Best Actor! Congrats, Patrick! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!
In other news, Season 4 of You Me Her started shooting on October 15th. Patrick is on board again, as is our friend Jen Spence.
Here’s Patrick at a recent photo session, sporting a sunny Hawaiian shirt. Throwback to summer days!
As far as this little Magnolia Warbler is concerned, Patrick has already won the award.
FYA – Fulfilling Young Artists
The deadline to apply for the free mentorship program for Vancouver-based actors (+-18 to 25yrs old) was yesterday, so they will be launching the next season of FYA this week! Best wishes to all the new young talented actors!
And just in time for the new cohort FYA has a new profile pic:
David is composing music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show premiers on November 7 at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Milledgeville, Georgia. Get your tickets online at GCSU Tickets!
We caught up with Jen at Dragon Con in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend, and Jen was kind enough to record a brief greeting for all Ferreira Fest readers. Here we go!
Here is one more Dragon Con pic of Jen Spence and Peter Kelamis with a Rumpelstiltskin lookalike!
Ingrid was just cast in a new movie! In Urgent Care, a man takes his battered girlfriend (Rogers) to an urgent care facility, where her injury is avenged by a mysterious female vigilante.
Read the announcement at Broadwayworld.com. Congrats, Ingrid!!
Ingrid’s husband also has a new gig – as executive producer of the series Tales. The show will air on BET. Stay tuned for more details!
Logline: Tales is a scripted anthology series of song stories weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into visually stunning narratives.
Peter has been cast in Jahr Null, episode 10 of season 3 of The Man in the High Castle. The dystopian series airs on Amazon.
And here’s Peter, a consummate stand-up comedian, getting ready for the closing night performance of the IG Comedy Tour.
Bradley’s full-length horror thriller feature film Land of Smiles is now available on Super Channel TV!
Check out Bradley’s Page for new and updated professional listings for his current shows El Recluso, Chesapeake Shores and Lost In Space.
Lost In Space Logline:
After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.
Bradley’s recent script for Momma Bird was announced as the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards winner in the Horror Film category! Congrats, Bradley!!
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 collection of pics from a harvest festival I did on Saturday. It was a fundraiser for the elementary school. The children could pick from some basic designs I had displayed or they could have an artist’s choice surprise. Guess what most of them picked? A surprise. I love doing artist’s choice because I can be free to draw as I feel.
ODDS & ENDS
The LA Complex Reboot
Martin Gero’s acclaimed series The LA Complex is getting a reboot! The sequel will revolve around a new crop of tenants who move into the Luxe hotel in the heart of Hollywood — a ragtag commune of twentysomethings all hustling to make it as actors, dancers, producers or comedians. Relationships rise and fall, beliefs and values are tested, as the drive to succeed pushes all characters to their breaking points.
Louis played Dean Pirelli, the estranged father of one of the main characters in Season 2 of the original series.
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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