Published April 2020.
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There have been so many big changes to our everyday lives, but never fear – the 20th of the month is still the day for our big party at Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities, and where we safely enjoy each other’s company online. Let’s see how everybody is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic (check out our Current Events/ COVID-19 Page!) and take a moment to thank all our medical personnel who are risking their lives every day, the cooks, the delivery drivers and store clerks, the first responders and caregivers who are helping us through this situation. Everybody is welcome here – so grab a pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
Ability Online offers a safe online environment for children and young adults with disabilities. And there’s advice for everyone else as well!
“It’s Wellness Wednesday!
This week try and focus on creating a better schedule and incorporating certain things into your day. Every little thing you do can have a positive impact on your wellness!”
For more helpful hints follow Ability Online on Instagram.
Ability Gives is the equipment fundraising section of Ability Online. Donations go to the special needs for one child.
This is Kaden, he’s eight years old. He is one really amazing boy with a heart of gold and a smile that will melt your heart. No matter what he is going through he is the most loving boy, so filled with light and love. He has grown so much and made so many advances that he really challenges his dad to keep up!
Kaden has greater needs than most kids. His hypertonia reduces the control he has over his movement and so he has to have special care and equipment. The time has come where the costs of getting Kaden what he needs are out of reach and so the good folks at Ability Gives are stepping in to help. Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide and thank you for all of your generosity in the past.
To help Kaden, click here to donate.
Of course you can also contribute to the general operating fund of Ability Online and ensure that disabled kids will always have a bullying-free place to mingle and chat. Click on the logo below to donate.
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.
Check out Project Limelight’s Vimeo Page for a wealth of past performance videos, including short films! Louis appears in the short film The Review.
To make a donation please click on the logo below – it’s simple and secure.
This month’s E-magazine from Haven Toronto explores several timely topics related to isolation, such as the relationship between human beings and AI (artificial intelligence).
There’s also a fascinating article about FOMO vs. FOGO: The current mandate of self-isolation and social distancing resulting from the coronavirus outbreak is influencing our perceptions of Fear of Missing Out and Fear of Going Out.
The magazine deals with topics that concern everyone, and during the current crisis it provides valuable insights for us all.
Haven Toronto is celebrating their volunteers this week! Many charities could simply not exist without them. There are so many good reasons to volunteer, and even right now you can still contribute!
You can be a virtual volunteer and provide an elder homeless man with basic necessities like healthy meals, toiletries, clothing and much more! Simply go to the Shop & Share site and pick something that fits your budget – and it goes directly to someone in need, no middle man required, and you never even have to leave your house!
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing Canada’s most vulnerable youth to their breaking point. Help now and all gifts will be doubled.
- Donate now and your gift will be matched.
- Start your own fundraiser and every dollar you raise will be matched.
To respond to the most urgent needs of youth who have “aged out” of the child welfare system, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has created the COVID-19 Crisis Support Fund.
Your emergency gift or fundraiser will provide former youth in care with basic necessities such as food, safe housing, and access to critical mental health supports and other virtual programs they so desperately need during this crisis.
They are youth as young as 18 who have “aged out” of the child welfare system, no longer eligible for the support they received while living in foster care or group homes, and with no family to turn to.
Many are still healing from childhood abuse, and are being re-traumatized by the extraordinary sense of instability and fear. Many were already struggling with food and housing insecurity, and are now completely unable to meet their own basic needs. Those who had part-time and temporary jobs now find themselves abruptly unemployed, and facing difficulty accessing government support. Many are feeling like they have reached their breaking point.
We are working quickly to reach the most vulnerable youth, but we can’t do it without you.
Don’t wait: gifts will be matched only until April 30, 2020.
What these troubling times have shown is our humanity and generosity. You can make a difference.
Read more in the online newsletter The Buzz. Of course you can always make a donation to the general fund by clicking on the logo below. It’s easy, fast and secure.
Louis latest S.W.A.T. episode tackled a serious issue – the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is very common among law enforcement and military personnel. A physically and psychologically demanding job will eventually leave scars on everyone, yet few are trained to deal with the fallout, and what’s worse – society tends to view those scars as a sign of weakness and embarrassment.
From a recap at TVGuide:
The episode was designed to bring awareness to the fact that police officers and law enforcement are significantly more likely to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts than civilians. By shining a light on the issue, and demonstrating that it’s okay to ask for help — the episode is titled “Stigma” — S.W.A.T. hopes to bring compassion and empathy to a group of people who are trained to hide their feelings in order to protect others.
Showrunner Shawn Ryan and actor Jay Harrington (Deacon on S.W.A.T.) discuss the tragic consequences of PTSD in an interview on TVLine – read the full article here.
Another exploration of the issue can be found on Men’s Healthhere, where screenwriter Ryan Keleher talks about his personal experiences which led him to penning this particular episode.
The episode concludes with a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Scroll down for screencaps from the episode.
Here are 391 screencaps from Louis’ latest episode on S.W.A.T. This particular scene was filmed at the Encino Reservoir, northwest of Los Angeles.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/42589
Coincidentally, Louis’ other recurring role on the series SEAL Team, also explores the effects of PTSD, masked by toxic masculinity. In this show, Louis is on the other side of the equation, playing therapist Dr. Conners for the main character, Navy SEAL Jason Hayes.
There’s a great article on MEAWW:
‘SEAL Team’ Season 3 Episode 15: Who is Jason’s therapist and how is he different from Natalie, the physiologist?
Louis had a brief appearance in last week’s episode of Westworld, Season 3 episode 6 Decoherence. He plays Dr. Alpert, about 20 minutes into the episode.
You can watch the episode for free with an HBO trial subscription here, or wait until the episode is released for free streaming (currently only Season 3 episode 1 is available here).
Look for screencaps in an upcoming Ferreira Fest!
We have a blast from the past this month – a behind the scenes shot of the series Urban Angel from 1991. The show revolved around a newspaper, The Montreal Tribune. Victor Torres, an ex-con who took a fall for his friend Dino Moroni, was hired by the paper’s editor, Francine Primeau, after he was paroled. Victor used his contacts in the underworld to dig out stories about crime.
So here we have Bob Presner (Producer), Roger Cardinal (Director), Vlasta Vrana (Lieutenant Drabeck), Micheline Grant (Production Manager), Louis Ferreira (Victor Torres) and Keith Young (Second Camera Operator). Thanks to our researcher Agi for sharing! Enjoy!
THE NEW READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – TAKE A PEEK!
The third monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek! by Martha Kambeitz, Denise Burns and Josephine Proctor. It is almost identical to the volume Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please! except for 11 pages which served as non-religious substitutes for the bible stories.
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 8 of Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek.
Sebastian writes: “I recently did a small commercial which was super fun… it isn’t finished in editing yet, I believe, but it was super cool. It was a commercial about social stigmas.
Also, I did a photoshoot with my girlfriend recently and those photos are being edited, but it was also really awesome!”
We’re looking forward to seeing both!
Franco Lo Presti
Franco played the character Aldo in the second episode of the series The Wedding Planners, Big Italian Wedding. The episode aired earlier this month on CityTV.
Logline: A young couple is caught between their own wedding vision and family traditions.
Looks like things turned out all right!
Alaina celebrated her birthday last weekend – Happy Birthday, Alaina! On a recent trip to New York City she spotted a shiny mirrorball cat and loved it so much that her friend gave her one for her birthday!
Staying home is the name of the game for Karyn as well. Yoga helps her stay fit! Want to join in? Do a search for online yoga classes – there’s something for every skill level!
The Affolter Brothers
“Looking for some fun, educational entertainment for you or the kids? Check out BC WAS AWESOME, which we had the pleasure of creating stopmotion for.”
Watch it right here now!
Justin has a great offer for all of us! He writes:
“First thing, we need to be kind to each other right now. So much judgement. Take a look inside first. Everyone has differing opinions. There is no clear answer or response to all of this yet, just do your best. Please consider that physical, mental and emotional health are ALL at stake here – there must be a balance.
So don’t just Netflix, read. Don’t just eat bonbons, move. Don’t just lie on the couch, walk in the sun.
If you want help getting into shape (YES, you can do that in isolation… I only have one set of dumbells) please shoot me a message and I will help you FOR FREE. I’m NASM certified, know a lot about nutrition and can be a pretty good motivator.
I said FREE. So get UP!
Yeah, I got a BIG mouth. … Just go to my Facebook page “Justin Breault/Personal Trainer” and shoot me a message!”
Greyston is stuck at home like most of us these days. Lucky for him, home is on Salt Spring Island, and there are tons of great photo opportunities to be had. Greyston is a very accomplished photographer – check out his Instagram Feed!
Mika was featured on the Alienating the Audience podcast with Andrew Heaton:
AJ West and science consultant Mika McKinnon (Stargate Universe and Stargate Atlantis) join the program to pitch Stargate as a bingeable show, and suss out its themes and triumphs.
Listen to it here!
Troy shared a video clip from his guest appearance on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Click on the screen cap below to watch on Instagram!
Patrick is staying home as well and instead of hanging out with friends he is doing the occasional live session on his Instagram feed – check it out!
Please join us in wishing Sawyer a Happy Birthday!
Sawyer celebrates her special day every year on Earth Day, and it’s a special one for her this year because it’s also the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Check out David’s website and watch him in action!
Jen’s latest series Traces is now airing on Sunday evenings at 8pm on BBC Canada! Check it out if you receive the channel.
Jen plays Professor Kathy Torrence, a forensics expert who finds herself solving a murder. The UK drama also stars Laura Fraser, who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle on Breaking Bad.
Ingrid has posted several messages on her Instagram feed. If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up while you are stuck at home Ingrid’s talks may be just what you need!
Producer/ writer/ director Rob Munic has yet another way of coping with staying at home: baking! He writes:
“I don’t know when… I don’t know why…. all I know is this inner baker has awoken and this beast must be fed. Apple-Blueberry crisp with a coconut, dried apple muesli topping. And on the right, banana cinnamon chia seed bread. And to add to the mystique – it’s all GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN. I need to go lie down again.”
Peter is putting his DIY home recording studio to good use! He writes:
“I re-recorded myself voicing Rolf for your entertainment pleasure. Thank you Health Care workers and all who risk themselves to keep us safe and fed. Full video available: @peterkelamis on Instagram.
Hey guys! One of the last projects I had the pleasure of working on before all this craziness was “The Now” by the Farrelly Brothers, starring Daryl Hannah, Dave Franco and Bill Murray, among other awesome people. It’s on Quibi. Sign up before April 30th and get 90 days for free! 10 minute episodes – a great quarantine watch! Stay safe!”
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:
“Keeping busy during the COVID-19 crisis. So here is the before and after of an application of henna on my left hand. Since I am self-isolating I have had a little extra time on my hands…”
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