Published December 2018.
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Welcome! It’s the holiday season and time for a festive gathering at Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his chosen charities and his friends. We have so many goodies this time – from a personal holiday message from Louis to the launch of our newest Birthday Project, along with many shows news, screen caps, our exclusive Reading Series and tons of updates on everyone. Grab a special holiday pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in, the fireplace is going and it’s cozy inside!
THE 2019 BIRTHDAY PROJECT IS NOW ONLINE!
Every year Ferreira Fest does a special project to surprise Louis on his birthday, which is coming up on February 20th. If you’d like to wish Louis a Happy Birthday please participate! Go to the Birthday Project Page for instructions!
Ability Online held two unique Whisky Tasting fundraisers at The Caledonian in Toronto. Here are some of the rare whiskies that were auctioned off!
Ability Gives – Medhir
Medhir is 17 years of age, and a very active member of the Ability Online community. According to Medhir’s mom, he has gained so much confidence and writing skills from Ability Online that he would continue forever.
It is difficult for Medhir to sit for extended periods of time due to the curvature of his spine. He is using a stander at school and wants a similar one which can make him feel comfortable.
Medhir loves to stand. But during exams, vacations and sick days he misses standing as he doesn’t have a stander at home. This results in leg pain at night and even his digestion is not good. When he stands he feels energetic and feels good blood circulation. Hence a stander at home is of utmost urgency for him. His doctors from SickKids and MacMaster also encourage him to stand as much as possible. Right now he cannot stand on weekends or holidays.
These standers are extremely expensive, and while we are hoping from funding from Easter Seals, we still need $5000 to get this stander for Medhir. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Click here to help Medhir!
Ability Online provides a safe, monitored online environment for kids with special needs. It’s easy and secure – just click on the logo below and the donations page walks you through the process.
The mission of Project Limelight Society is to create an environment that will allow youth to develop a strong sense of self and to unleash their imagination. The program provides a nurturing community that supports their development through participation in the performing arts. Project Limelight gives young people a sense of confidence, self-assurance and creative freedom that will be carried forward outside of the initiative and into their school and home life.
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.
Mentorship is a big part of Project Limelight’s culture and is pivotal in creating a sustainable program that reaches deep into the community and provides participants with an appreciation of what goes into the making of a performance. Project Limelight encourages past participants to come back and mentor the next round of Project Limelight kids. They also offer participants a select number of internships and scholarships to continue their studies in whatever field they choose.
You can see photos of their latest short film The Girl With No Superpowers on their Instagram feed!
To support this great program please click on the logo below. Every penny helps!
Haven Toronto, the daytime shelter for elder homeless men, has an online advent calendar with a different way to help for each day. While there’s only a few days left until Christmas you can still access every single calendar day. Click on the screen cap below – this will take you to the online widget. Click on each day at the top and learn how you can do a little bit to help every day!
The December newsletter is now available online! Full of valuable information, it is always a good read. Click on the thumbnail on the right to read it online.
Haven Toronto works hard to raise awareness of homelessness in the Toronto area and everywhere else, but they also provide direct benefits to their clients, such as…
Haven Toronto serves healthy, nutritious meals, 3 times a day, every day, all year, including major holidays.
Haven Toronto helps clients navigate the housing market to find housing and negotiates with landlords to keep clients housed.
Health & Wellness:
Haven Toronto provides clients with onsite access to social workers, nurses, dental hygienists and barbers.
Things many people take for granted, Haven Toronto provides to clients, like clothing, laundry, computers and internet.
In addition, Haven Toronto makes it incredibly easy to donate items directly to homeless men at their Shop & Share site. Anything you buy on the site goes directly to an elder homeless man in need without you having to do anything else! From small everyday items to full outfits, there is something for everyone and every budget.
You can also donate to the general fund at any time, and the money will go to where it’s needed most. Just click on the logo below – your donation will literally save lives in the cold season, Please note that the link will take you to our donations page which still carries the former name of the organization (The Good Neighbours’ Club), but it goes to Haven Toronto all the same.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada‘s Holiday Season Celebration is an annual event held for kids and families involved with child welfare. Often, its the only holiday celebration they may experience.
For most children the holidays are a time of joy, celebration and being together with the ones they love. Unfortunately, for many children living in care and accessing child welfare services, the holidays are a difficult time full of disappointment, confusion and frustration. The Holiday Season Celebration is Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s longest standing enrichment initiative which has provided hope to tens of thousands of Toronto’s most vulnerable children and youth for over 30 years. For many of these children it is the only holiday celebration they will have.
– Interactive DJ dance party
– Gifting rooms for children and teens
– Photos with Santa printed on site
– Fun activities like bouncy castles, crafts, face painting and balloon artists
– Family gifts bag for each family filled with household items
– Hearty hot buffet lunch and treat-filled concession stand
This year’s event took place last weekend. Check out the Instagram feed for photos and info!
For all the latest news and activities please check out the online newsletter The Buzz.
Want to help give children in foster care a memorable holiday this year? Click on the logo below and donate. It couldn’t be easier!
Louis will appear in another episode of the reboot of the series S.W.A.T., reprising his role of William ‘Buck’ Spivey, the former mentor of the main character Hondo (played by Shemar Moore).
This is Louis’ 4th episode in the series; it is scheduled to air on January 3rd.
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
Louis has been cast in a recurring role in the Amazon hit series The Man In The High Castle. The show is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick.
In the series’s alternate timeline, the Axis powers have won World War II after Giuseppe Zangara was successful in murdering Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Greater Nazi Reich controls, more or less directly, Europe, Africa and the eastern Americas (known as “Nazi America” or “American Reich”, with its capital in New York City), headed by a “Reichsmarschall of North America”; the Empire of Japan occupies most of Asia, Oceania and the western Americas (known as the “Japanese Pacific States”, with their capital in San Francisco, and two buffer zones exist in the Rocky Mountains (the Neutral Zone, with Denver as center) and in Central Asia. Nazi persecutions still continue in both blocs, while in the Pacific States, Caucasians are highly discriminated against by the ethnical Japanese and granted less freedoms, such as owning firearms or participating in politics.
(read more at Wikipedia)
Watch the YouTube announcement for details!
“Ferreira is Brad Bellows, the leader of the D.C. Resistance cell. Years of survival in the resistance means he doesn’t trust easily, and he is suspicious of Juliana Crain.”
The series is currently filming its 4th season in Vancouver. Stand by for updates, news and photos!
Louis has been cast in the series Limetown, which debuted as a podcast and is now being made into a TV series which will air on Facebook Watch.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (A Private War) is set to star opposite lead Jessica Biel in Limetown, Facebook Watch’s 10-episode series based on the popular podcast. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Quantico), Emmy nominee Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale), John Beasley (Shots Fired) and Louis Ferreira (Netflix’s Travelers) also have been cast in the series which hails from Endeavor Content and Midnight Radio. Principal production began in Vancouver on Wednesday.
Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, creators of the Limetown podcast, will write the adaptation, which follows Lia Haddock (Biel), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
Studio Endeavor Content recently jumped into the growing podcast market with the launch of Endeavor Audio. Its inaugural slate includes a deal to monetize and distribute Season 2 of the Limetown podcast, which is produced by Two Up. Season 2, which premiered October 31, begins where the first season abruptly ends, diving into the minds of the individuals responsible for Limetown, its disappearance and subsequent cover up.
Tucci can currently be seen in A Private War starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan. His other film credits include the Hunger Games films series, Beauty and the Beast, Oscar-winning film Spotlight, and The Lovely Bones, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. In TV, he recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Feud on FX.
Matlin recently co-starred on the third season of ABC’s Quantico. Her other TV credits include Syfy’s The Magicians, ABC’s Switched at Birth and Fox’s Family Guy. She made her film debut in Children of a Lesser God, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Jenrette was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. Her other credits include CBS’ Grandfathered, Epix’s Graves, HBO’s Here and Now and Fox’s Pitched.
Beasley recently starred in Shots Fired on Fox and the HBO television movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks alongside Oprah Winfrey.
Ferreira’s recent credits include Netflix’s Travelers, Bad Blood, S.W.A.T., Breaking Bad and SGU Stargate Universe. He will next be seen in the fourth season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
And here is an excerpt from an article on Variety.com:
Additional cast members have been announced to join Jessica Biel in the new Facebook Watch series Limetown: Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Lovely Bones), Marlee Matlin (Quantico, The West Wing), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale, Grandfathered), John Beasley (Walking Tall, The Sum of All Fears) and Louis Ferreira (Netflix’s Travelers, Bad Blood) will all appear on the show, based on the podcast of the same name.
From an announcement on TVLine.com:
Stanley Tucci (Feud) will star opposite Jessica Biel in the Facebook Watch series Limetown, based on the podcast about a journalist (Biel) who unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of more than 300 people at a neuroscience research facility. Also joining the cast are Marlee Matlin (Quantico, Switched at Birth), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale, Grandfathered), John Beasley (Shots Fired, Everwood) and Louis Ferreira (Motive).
Stay tuned for news and photos! Filming is taking place in Vancouver, concurrently with The Man In The High Castle, so Louis is commuting between two different series right now. These are busy days for him and he’s loving every minute of it!
Travelers has moved to Netflix where both Seasons 2 and 3 became available worldwide a week ago.
Louis appears in his recurring role as Rick Hall in episode 6 (Philip) of Season 3. He considers this episode his favorite of his Travelers episodes.
Our friends Jen Spence and Patrick Gilmore are series regulars in the show.
Screen caps for episode 6 can be found further down.
Please be aware that the caps contain MASSIVE spoilers for the episode and Louis’ character, so if you wish to remain unspoiled please do not view this album until after you’ve watched the episode!
Louis’ last series Bad Blood is now available on Netflix worldwide with Season 1. Louis appears in Season 2 as a regular character; a release date for Season 2 on Netflix has not been announced yet.
Here’s some press coverage:
- From the L.A. Times:
Wise guys, eh? A mob family runs the city of Montreal in the imported Canadian drama Bad Blood. With Anthony LaPaglia, Paul Sorvino and Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates. Any time, Netflix
- on Romper.com:
In another example of lazy researchers Louis is referred to as being “from the SAW Franchise”. It’s been 12 years since Louis was on Saw IV!
- on Express.Co:
The article discusses the possible release date for Season 2 on Netflix.
There’s a recap of episode 7 of Bad Blood Lupara Cosoleto on Nerds and Beyond.
Louis did not appear in episode 8 Declan’s Choice, the season finale, but here’s the recap anyway. Shockingly, Louis is referred to as “Louis Falcone” by the writer, in another blatant example of lazy researchers!
To close out the year we have screencaps of Philip, episode 6 of Travelers Season 3.
Louis reprises his character of Rick Hall for the fourth time in the show.
Here are 53 spoiler-free screencaps for those of you who simply can’t wait: click on the thumbnail to view the spoiler-free album.
Below is the complete album with all 642 screencaps.
CAUTION: These screencaps contain MASSIVE spoilers for the show and Louis’ character so please do not view this album if you wish to remain unspoiled! You have been warned!
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Billie the bulldog ringing in the festivities! Here she is with a giant Christmas tree! Thanks to Louis and Jackie for the photo.
Scroll down to the end of the newsletter for a personal holiday video message from Louis!
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 all the book readings under the Reading Series Tab.
This month’s issue is chapter 12.
Alaina was getting into the Holiday spirit with her “Raise A Little Hell” t-shirt fundraising campaign.
The campaign concluded 2 weeks ago.
If you’re still looking for a tangible way to do something good this holiday season please consider donating to one of Louis’ chosen charities – links are all at the top of this newsletter.
Karyn’s latest mini series Unspeakable is set to begin airing on January 9th on CBC. To read more about this noteworthy show read Karyn’s report in Ferreira Fest 101. Karyn plays the character Lisa.
The Affolter Brothers
“Here we have 3 of the 4 Affolter Brothers trying hard to appear professional at Celluloid Social Club on November 21, where our films The Undertaker’s Son and Soggy Flakes were screening. Posing with the always lovely Robbins twins (who graciously lent their acting chops to The Undertakers Son) and 1 of the 2 talented Talbot twins (Nelson) who were DOP’s on The Undertakers Son.” (Photos by Rachelle Smalldon)
The brothers are sharing a bunch of photos of the puppet construction for a stop motion Christmas commercial. Check them out online – there are a lot of them and they illustrate the process very well!
Puppet parts – Character faces – Completed puppets
Amanda is currently working as the script supervisor for A Million Little Things. Here’s some great news:
“ABC is giving A Million Little Things a big vote of confidence. The Alphabet net on Wednesday unveiled its midseason schedule, and its shifting the promising rookie drama to Thursdays at 9/8c following juggernaut Grey’s Anatomy. The slot’s current occupant, Grey’s spinoff Station 19, will reclaim the perch in March when Million Little Things completes its freshman run. “
Congrats to Amanda and the whole team!
Mika has been crazy busy grading hundreds of final exams, but she still found time to attend a few NASA events and do an interview about the aftermath of the California wildfires. Read it here:
Troy was cast in the short film 20 Minutes to Life.
Logline: 20 Minutes to Life is a comedy about 11 year old “good kid” Olivia who gets sent to her very first detention, which she imagines as a prison, complete with barred windows, guards, and a warden. Once there, Olivia must befriend the “bad kids” and figure out how to solve 20,000 math problems in 20 minutes in order to escape.
Here’s Troy and his pal Chad Riley at the UBCP/ ACTRA Awards in Vancouver.
And here’s Troy on the poster of the play The Dreamer Examines his Pillow.
At long last, Troy’s short film Bucketheads – A Star Wars Story is now available on YouTube. You can watch it right here!
“I am quickly finishing post on The Order — I think we’ll be able to release art and details soon — as soon as stuff starts showing up I will loop you in.”
Thanks for the update, Dennis!
Patrick did a great Q&A with MEAWW about his character’s breaking point in Season 3 of Travelers, Jann, and his work in general. The interview includes lots of photos and tweets as well!
Patrick Gilmore and Mackenzie Porter talk about Travelers with Geek Chic Elite. Watch it below, and read a transcript here!
FYA – Fulfilling Young Artists
FYA’s new cohort has begun their regular meetings and is working on their collaborations! Thanks to mentor Alison Wandzura for the photo.
David has released the track Imagine That from his new album Booster Pack on Friday November 23. Watch it here, and then visit the new David Dingess Fan Page!
Seasons 2 and 3 of the series Travelers are now available on Netflix worldwide!
Please heed the wishes of the cast and do not post spoilers for the new episodes.
Here’s Jen with the Travelers gang, and a gruesome photo of a fake surgery from an earlier episode of the show.
Ingrid appears in the episode My Life in the BET series Tales – she plays a character named Caroline. The episode was directed by our friend Rob Munic.
Ingrid was also cast in the short film The Room In The Elephant, where she plays the lead role, Nicole.
Logline: When Nicole receives life-changing news, her 7-year-old daughter poses an insightful perspective.
Rob has racked up several new IMDB Listings for the series Tales on BET.
Logline: Tales is a scripted anthology series of song stories weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into visually stunning narratives.
– My Life (2019)
- Executive Producer
– My Life (2019) … (executive producer)
– XO Tour Llif3 (2019) … (executive producer)
– Slippery (2019) … (executive producer)
– My Mind Playing Tricks On Me (2019) … (executive producer)
He also has a new series in development at HBO. Rob will write and executive produce. The untitled drama follows the story of Chris Klug, a young, family oriented drug dealer who catches the wrong end of a bad batch of dope that leaves him in a temporary vegetative state, only to discover that it was no accident and someone close to him was in fact trying to take him out. Told through flashbacks and Chris’ present-day purgatory, the series is a rich family drama full of revenge, love and humor as Chris Klug fights his way back. Rob will serve as showrunner and is set to pen the potential second episode.
After a wonderful first year this past April at Kameha Con 2, Peter returns as yet another legendary voice of Goku from the Ocean Dub to Kameha Con 3 April 12 – 14 next year! Get your tickets here.
Peter attended the UBCP/ ACTRA 2018 awards in Vancouver. Here he is, all dressed up and oh so dapper!
The always busy Bradley has a few new IMDB Listings:
- Daughter … Joe
- The InBetween (TV Series)
– While the song remains the same (2019) … Bruno Legato
Logline: A woman who assists the dead with their unresolved problems helps detectives solve murder cases.
The short film Nightfire has a release date – it will be available on Amazon Prime in January 2019!
And here’s Bradley with his wife Caitlin at the UBCP/ ACTRA Awards.
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:
“Henna is mostly associated with women but by all means it doesn’t mean that men can’t do this form of body art. Here are just a few quick tattoos…”
A HOLIDAY GREETING FROM LOUIS
Here’s Louis, all bundled up and supported (sort of) by Billie the bulldog, wishing all Ferreira Fest guests a happy holiday season!
“I wish you a merry christmas
I wish you a merry christmas
I wish you a merry christmas
And a Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays, my friends! Much love and every happiness to all!”
And that, dear Friends, is about it for this month – and this year! 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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