It’s the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, but we’re still having our monthly party at Ferreira Fest in our tenth year, where we celebrate the acting career of Louis Ferreira and catch up with his charities and friends! We have lots of goodies for you – the 2019 Birthday Project, shows news and sound clips, screen caps and our exclusive Reading Series, and at the end Louis has a question for you (scroll all the way down to find out)! Grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in – the fireplace is going and it’s cozy in here!
THE 2019 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Participation is free and will only take a few minutes of your time. Let’s make this Louis’ best birthday ever on February 20th!
LF: That last one is still in my buddy’s house – all my beautiful origami, it’s strung through the entire house!
FF: Oh, you still have that?
LF: Of course!
FF: Oh my goodness…
LF: They’re beautiful!
Ability Online is the first social media technology platform for young people with disabilities to connect with each other and the world around them! Listen to a new interview with organizer Michelle McClure on The Self Advocate Podcast: An episode of Disability awareness and success stories.
“We cover mental health issues and success stories or disability awareness and success stories in this podcast.”
Koolway Sports writes: “Did you know Ability Online will fund your purchase of our Kool gear up until the age of 18 years? All you need to do is register and engage for 3 months!”
Koolway Sports designs and manufactures outerwear for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of their life. Check out some happy recipients of their cold weather gear here!
New blog posts for Ability Online can be found here.
Please contribute and help kids with disabilities enjoy their safe haven online – every penny makes a difference! Click on the logo below – the process is simple and secure.
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.
We welcome youth ages 8 – 15 living in East Vancouver to join the waitlist for future Project Limelight programs by completing the online form.
There is no audition required but applicants are required to attend the “Get to Know Project Limelight” introductory program usually held in either the Summer or Fall. Qualified applicants will be contacted when space is available.
Help talented kids get a free high-quality performing arts education with a donation. Just click on the link below and the form will guide you through the process.
For the first time since opening in 1933, Haven Toronto has a full-time nurse onsite. Barry Tierney joins Haven Toronto from Booth Supportive Services where he was the Community Case Manager. In addition to several hospital nursing roles, Barry has extensive experience working as Drug and Addiction Nurse in a methadone treatment program and as a clinical nurse in an Alcohol Response and Engagement Program.
The introduction of Barry Tierney is important to the services Haven Toronto provides clients. The drop-in center is the only facility in Canada dedicated to serving elder men age 50+ impacted by poverty, homelessness and isolation.
You can read more about Haven Toronto’s services as well as informative articles about homelessness and related issues in the monthly online news magazine.
This month’s issue focuses on the relationship between homelessness and health with a Laurel/ Hardy theme. It also highlights 10 well-known movies about poverty.
Did you know that January 21 is often referred to as the most depressing day of the year? Read the magazine to find out more!
Haven Toronto has an ingenious way of ensuring that your donation goes exactly where you want it – on the Shop & Share site you can purchase any number of items, from breakfast to a pair of sturdy shoes, that an elder homeless man might need. Whatever you purchase here goes directly to one of Haven Toronto’s clients! It does not get any easier than this!
You can also donate to the general fund via our own donations page. Please note that the page is in the former name of the organization, The Good Neighbours Club; your money goes to Haven Toronto just the same. Please help if you can – Toronto is experiencing record low temperatures these days, which is a life threatening situation for homeless people. Click on the logo below to donate.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
You can read all about the current events and activities in the online newsletter The Buzz.
Donations are always appreciated – even after the holiday season! You can contribute at our very own donations page by clicking on the logo below. It’s easy and secure and every penny helps!
604Now has an article and video about Limetown: Jessica Biel Is Filming A New Show In Vancouver With These Stars Filming is going on now through March in Vancouver. Watch the video here!
The Hollywood Reporter writes about Limetown in an article about 18 Books Made into TV Shows:
“Facebook Watch will adapt the 10-episode hit-podcast of the same name to the small screen with Jessica Biel taking on the starring role. The podcast also has a companion prequel novel written by Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie and Cote Smith which was recently released. Biel, who is also executive producing the project, stars as Lea Haddock, a radio journalist who seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding Limetown’s disappearance of more than 300 residents. What first begins as a mystery soon leads Lea to danger with listeners following her every move. Stanley Tucci, Marlee Matlin, and Kelly Jenrette also join the drama’s cast lineup alongside Biel. Rounding out the cast are John Beasley (Walking Tall) and Louis Ferreira (Travelers). Midnight Radio‘s Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are also executive producing. Adrienne Erickson is producing. The drama began production in Vancouver on Dec. 5 with Biel giving a sneak peek on her social media.”
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
TV Season Spoilers has the goods on all things The Man In The High Castle Season 4: Production dates, the cast, and a possible premiere in the early quarter of 2019.
Read all about it here!
Louis is filming both Limetown and The Man in the High Castle at the same time, alternating between shows.
Travelers has completed its run of Season 3; as we await news of a possible Season 4 here are some season reviews:
- Echochamber Online: Netflix’ Agents of Change Stand the Test of Time
- But Why Tho Podcasts: Travelers’ Season 3 Closes Out a Strong Year of Sci-Fi for Netflix (while Louis isn’t mentioned in the podcast and transcript our friend Patrick Gilmore gets lots of love)
Louis reminisces about his time on Bad Blood, and the current success the show’s first season enjoys on Netflix:
LF: Apparently the Bad Blood first season has done very well on Netflix which hopefully means that they’ll air Bad Blood’s second season on Netflix, because Snoop Dogg gave the first season a shout out… [Season 2] is such a better season, it needs to go again. Maybe Netflix on its own will say, yeah, we’ll do a third season. I’d love to see Michael [the show’s creator] be rewarded because he deserves it. There are some great things in that show for everybody. But they certainly liked The Domenic, I got lots of love for that role.
Like Durham County – it’s a weird thing to say but they’re all homages to my Old Man. I got to use him over and over again in my acting and be like ‘Thanks, Dad!’ I’m just literally like – old men, I understand them well, because I grew up with them for so long. It was good.
Episode 11 of Season 2 School got a write-up in The Siver Post.
An excellent re-cap and analysis of the episode can be found on TV Guide.
Louis has some thoughts about the surprise public service announcement at the conclusion of the episode:
LF: “I was happy to be part of that message, and of course they got me doing all that action, so I couldn’t walk for a week after… But at least the action came off pretty good. But if you’re going to do an episode on a serious issue like that, and it’s nice that it started the year, it was their first episode of the year. I was happy to have been part of that message, is how I felt about that, but yeah, I did know that. When I read the script I did notice that they had that public service announcement or message at the end. And I think it was with the police chief of L.A. or something, so yeah, yeah.”
This month we have 200 screen caps of Louis’ 4th episode with the reboot of S.W.A.T. – episode 211 School where Louis reprises his recurring role of former S.W.A.T. team leader William ‘Buck’ Spivey. In this episode Louis appears in a series of flashbacks to a school shooting that took place in 2013. Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/35726
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 13 of Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please.
The Affolter Brothers
Way back when… here are some li’l Affolters livin’ it up on the beach to celebrate the holidays!
And now they make stop-motion Santa Claus movies for a commercial client and you can watch one here!
From the ErectaStep website and the 2018 Christmas Video (above):
As Santa starts gearing up for Christmas he realizes that his toy shop isn’t quite up to par when it comes to safety and efficiency! Eureka! After watching ErectaStep’s – 8th Wonder of the World TV commercial, Santa discovers how ErectaStep and RollaStep could make his North Pole toy shop a whole lot safer and increase the elves’ efficiency as well!
“We had the pleasure of producing animated sequences for the documentary feature Unlikely, about the injustice in the American higher education system. The film premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival and has begun its film festival circuit. Congrats to the filmmakers, Adam & Jaye Fenderson!” You can watch the trailer here below!
Amanda wrote on January 15:
“Today is Day 1 of a new adventure I can’t talk about it yet. But soon. Wish me luck.”
Best wishes from everyone at Ferreira Fest, Amanda!! Stay tuned for news on Amanda’s latest project.
Mika is spending the first few months of the year in the New York City area, but she’s still publishing sci-comm articles in a variety of venues.
Here’s one of her recent contributions on ScienceFocus:
Earth’s hidden ocean: Exotic diamonds blasted from deep within the Earth’s mantle are transforming our understanding of our planet
Check out Mika’s Twitter feed for her amazing series of geology SciArt sketches!
“Rome. Capitoline hill to the left crossing to Labicano valley on the right, with my first anthropogenic top layer to celebrate adding more pens to my collection. Lots of ash, silt, & clay.”
Troy has completed the theatre performances of The Dreamer Examines His Pillow. He writes:
“Thank you again to everyone who helped make our first production possible! We are incredibly grateful for your love and support. Stills from the last day of performances for ‘The Dreamer Examines His Pillow’ by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Elizaveta Neretin. Photos by William Redfern.”
Here are a few photos of Troy in the production.
Dennis’ former zombie-series Fido is now available on Blu Ray and DVD, on Amazon and eBay.“Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants–a productive part of society.
ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control–but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn’t think so. At eleven, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney–Mom and Dad just won’t admit it. Now ZomCon’s head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmy’s Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn’t have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person. Sometimes, it takes a dead man to teach us all what it means to be alive.”
As mentioned above there’s a lot of love in the Season 3 review of Travelers at the But Why Tho podcast. Check it out here!
Patrick also did a Nerks of the Hub Chat with Kelsey and Alex. There are three different ways to catch it!
Alex’ new movie Modern Persuasion is now listed on IMDb as being in post-production.
Logline: A single woman focused on her career in New York is forced to deal with the aftermath of a failed relationship when an ex-boyfriend hires her company. Congrats, Alex!
David’s new album Booster Pack was released on January 1, 2019!
Read more about it on the Facebook Fan Page!
You can stream it on David’s Bandcamp Page!
And there is even a Visual Album!! Watch Booster Pack on YouTube!
Jen’s movie Down River is finally available on iTunes! Check it out here.
Here’s Jen with her fellow cast members of the 3rd season of Travelers. Jen is second from the right, and our friend Patrick Gilmore is fourth from the left.
Cinemablend has a review of the new season here.
And last but not least – Jen has a new headshot, also done by Kristine Cofsky!
Peter has summed up his experience of 2018 in movie titles:
Some time back Bradley appeared in the film Nightfire, playing the character of George Williams. The movie will soon be available on Amazon Prime. You can watch the trailer right here:
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:
“I love animals and so do many of my clients. Having their favorite animal tattooed on their skin seems to be quite satisfying!”
ODDS & ENDS
What Was Your Favorite Movie of 2018?
Louis has an assignment for all of you! Write in and share the title of your favorite movie of 2018!
Here’s Louis’ contribution:
LF: Let’s do a Question of the Month! So, my favorite movie this year was Green Book. I’d love to hear what yours was. I’d love to hear the consensus.
Don’t forget to send in your birthday wishes – check out the Birthday Project page for instructions! It’s easy and won’t take more than a minute!
IMDb Top 5000
Louis has made it into the Top 5000 on the week of December 24 2018, January 7 and January 14 2019 in the IMDB listings, most likely driven by his latest appearances in Travelers and S.W.A.T., as well as the news coverage of The Man In The High Castle and Limetown.
Brad Wright wins The Margaret Collier Award
Congratulations to Brad Wright (show runner on several of Louis’ shows, such as Stargate Universe and Travelers) on being awarded the 2019 Margaret Collier Award! His significant contributions to television are undeniable. The Margaret Collier Award is a lifetime achievement award presented by The Canadian Academy to a writer for their outstanding body of work in Canadian television. A full list of recipients can be found here.
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