Published May 2020.
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Summer is just about here, and even though we are still practicing social distancing we can have our monthly party at Ferreira Fest online! Please visit our COVID-19 Page for all sorts of useful information and shared encouragement. Below, we check in with Louis Ferreira’s friends and charities, we have screen caps and our exclusive Reading Series and so much more! No need to wear a mask and gloves here, so grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
Ability Online provides youth/young adults with disabilities, parents and professionals a secure online experience that removes social barriers and promotes independence, respect, acceptance and inclusion.
Their Instagram Feed is frequently updated with a Song of the Week (“Tuesday Tunes”), wellness tips, trivia, news, affirmations, self-care advice and much more!
Ability Gives is Ability Online’s equipment fundraising site. This month they are still supporting Kaden. Read more about Kaden and his needs in Ferreira Fest 124 or check out the fundraising page here.
Having a safe place to gather is even more important for children and young adults with disabilities during this time of social distancing. Please help fund general operations for Ability Online to provide a monitored bully-free environment for people of all abilities to interact and socialize! Click on the logo below to donate online.
Co-Founder Donalda Weaver writes:
“Project Limelight does not have any specific updates at this time. We do not have anything happening during this period of restricted activity. We were prepping for our next session when COVID-19 changed everything. Once it is safe, we will start the process to get Project Limelight on track for another session.”
In the meantime, donations are still being accepted for the upcoming season! Please help giving underprivileged inner-city kids in Vancouver receive a free high-quality performing arts education. Watch a short film they did a few years ago that also stars Louis! Then click on the logo below to make a contribution, it’s a simple and quick process!
There are 3000+ men over the age 50 in homeless shelters in Toronto annually. Hundreds more sleep outdoors and in precarious accommodations. The number of seniors who are homeless has doubled in four years.
Haven Toronto is their sanctuary, a place where they can feel at home, where they are always welcome and treated with dignity and respect. Open 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year, Haven Toronto provides the essential services they need for their day-to-day lives. Haven Toronto provides onsite access to crisis and housing counsellors, on-site nurses, dental hygienists and barbers. Haven Toronto also provides healthy meals 3 times daily at 8am, noon and 3pm, clothing, showers, laundry, recreational amenities and more.
Haven Toronto publishes a monthly E-Magazine with all sorts of useful information – click on the thumbnail to the right to read the COVID-19 edition.
You may also want to check out the Annual Report of what was accomplished with your donations, and read the 2019 Annual Financial Statement. At Haven Toronto every penny is put to good use!
If you’d like to make a direct impact with no middleman involved, head on over to the Shop & Share site: anything you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need. There’s something for every budget – from single meals to entire outfits. 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 Children’s Aid Foundation provides vital support for Canada’s 63,000 children in foster care and beyond.
May 6 marked the start of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Mental Health Week. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, young people who have aged out of the child welfare system have been reaching out to let us know they are struggling. These struggles are more than just physical or financial during this difficult time and as youth apply to receive help from the COVID-19 Crisis Support Fund, around 40% of applications express the need for assistance with accessing mental health supports.
Right now, we’re focused on ensuring that these youth are able to receive assistance with things like addictions and mental health supports, counselling, grief therapy and more to cope during this challenging time. To learn more about what we’re doing and how you can get involved, visit the COVID-19 Donations Page.
For all the latest news, blogs and events check out the online newsletter The Buzz.
Of course you can also make a donation to the general operating fund of the Children’s Aid Foundation, and the money will go where it’s needed most. Simply click on the logo below and you can make your gift at our very own donations page. It’s easy and secure!
While Louis had only a small part in the Season 3 Westworld episode Decoherence, his character Dr. Alpert wasn’t killed, so there is at least a possibility of a return!
Louis was thrilled to work with Ed Harris, and he certainly got to have a good bit of shared screen time with him.
Here are two recaps/ descriptions of the episode that mention Louis:
This week we have 63 screen caps of Louis’ appearance in the Westworld episode Decoherence. Louis (as Dr. Alpert) had two scenes with Ed Harris: we first see him putting the VR goggles on Harris’ character, and a few scenes later when things turn out badly he’s back to end the VR experience. Here is a direct link to the album:
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 9 of Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek.
Franco Lo Presti
Franco did a podcast interview with his friend Mershad Torabi who runs the website We Are Actors.
Listen to it right here!
The Sun has a new article about Alaina’s work on The 100. Check it out!
Here Comes Trouble: The 100 newcomer Alaina Huffman says her season 7 character Nikki is ‘a bad guy’ and ‘really fun’ to play. – Here’s Alaina in The 100.
Alaina did an interview with Suanne Brown who has been chatting with former Stargate actors about their lives and careers.
Watch it right here!
The Affolter Brothers
We have two videos for the Affolters this month!
“We had a blast producing stop-motion for the slick and stylish director, Johnny Jansen on his board game ad for OOMM Games’ No Escape!”
“Here’s the new Foreshadow Films promo ad Because We Love It hot off the press!! Enjoy, friends!”
Amanda shared a photo of hanging out with her buddy Calvin. What a cutie!!
Greyston plays a police officer in the Sam Raimi-produced series 50 States of Fright. Chapter 1 of the episode Destino became available on Quibi on April 27, with the rest following since then. Looks like Greyston gets roughed up yet again!
Mika hasn’t slowed down her SciComm crusade in this age of virtual meetings and social distancing. Follow Mika on Twitter for fun “Choose your own adventure”-type rock ID stories, useful links, the occasional snarky commentary and science outings that you can attend!
Mika was a guest at Pint of Science CA (on Twitter at @pintofscienceCA) on Monday May 11th.
“Spying with Rocks with Mika McKinnon: Geophysicists use seismic signals to spy on everything from bomb tests and traffic jams to crashing waves and lover’s lanes.”
Mika will be a guest at Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants tomorrow!
Join the SciComm Story Time at 2pm EDT with the incredible Mika McKinnon! She’s a geophysicist, disaster researcher and scifi scientist. As your friendly neighborhood geoscientist, she offers tasting notes on rocks and obsesses over impending doom!
“I’ll be telling stories from fieldwork (hi, bears), working on set (mmm, scifi science!), and why landslides on asteroids are so bizarre (yay space!).”
“Happy May The 4th! Today we’re stoked to announce Bucketheads: Season One. This epic tale takes place during the Empire’s darkest days starting with the destruction of Death Star II and culminating in the Battle of Jakku. More to come soon!”
Season One will feature five episodes, telling an original tale of old and new characters during the Empire’s downfall.
Troy Mundle returns to Nova Squad as Torin Sereta, aka TK-423. Driven by vengeance, he marches in step as a crumbling Empire prepares for the inevitable conclusion to their fight against the Rebel Alliance.
Troy has a new headshot! Photo by Justin Rain and Violet Cameron.
Canadian-made TV had a great showing at the Rockie Awards this year. Dennis’ show The Order received a nomination for Best Sci-Fi & Genre.
Congrats to you Dennis, and the series’ writers, cast, crew & producers!
The series will start Season 2 on Netflix on June 18!
Dennis won the Showrunner Award at the WGC Awards!
“It’s an honor to receive the showrunner award. I want to thank my wife Cynthia for tolerating my career for the last eighteen years, Shelley Eriksen for nominating me, everyone who wrote a letter (especially the nice ones)…
I am missing the opportunity to celebrate this evening with all of the other winners, nominees, special award recipients, guild members, and staff. I hope to see all of you soon, and to celebrate our accomplishments in the style they deserve to be celebrated.
Until that time, my thoughts are with you all, my heart goes out to Nova Scotia, and I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe.
And for God’s sake, keep washing your hands.”
Sabrina Furminger wrote an article in Montechristo Magazine entitled What Vancouver’s Film and TV Industry Needs to Roll Again Post-COVID-19. It features Dennis’ work on The Order and others and has a bunch of cool photos, including the one below.
This is what THE BOSS looks like, folks.
We have two videos with Patrick for you this month!
He has a guest spot in the On the Rocks Radio Show with Alexander Rodriguez, featuring Aleks Paunovic…
… and on his own show at PGTV!
Eric posted a bunch of photos of his recent successes in his painting business E.B. Painting.
If you live in the Vancouver area and need a high-quality paint job, contact Eric!
EB Painting has new company cars with a brand-new livery! Check out these two beauties!
The company re-stained the siding and painted all the black trim on this beautiful home in North Vancouver.
Another project completed! On to the next one…
“This time last year we were painting the 5,000 sq foot Boconcept furniture warehouse in Vancouver. We used over 12 different colors in this space.”
David’s new single Trend is out on Vimeo! Watch it right here!
What!? I mean come on. The bespoke outfit and the chunky jewelry, taken in a Toronto hotel in the late 80s. I think I was working downtown as head of customer service for Loblaws Catalogue, taking some acting classes at night and constantly daydreaming of making the leap to NYC. Isn’t it interesting all the phases we go through in life?
Undoubtedly we’re all in a strange phase right now. But what time and distance from the young lady in this picture has taught me is to breathe and be willing to experience all the transitions of life, no matter how uncomfortable they might be.”
“The term SUPERMODEL is thrown around so haphazardly. No one really knows what goes into this level of dedication. Let me tell you:
1) An obscene amount of hair mousse.
2) The full Jane Fonda workout Betamax collection.
3) Exceptionally tight jeans (that may or may not have been purchased in the girls tween section at Merry Go ‘Round), and finally – and this can’t be bought or taught – a steely gaze of pure unadulterated fear.
And just like that, POOF! Pure magic in front of the lens! My day rate is obscene, but I’m a dream to work with and only shoot at golden hour.
Thanks to Jody Coghlan for digging up this gem from 1986.”
Peter shared a photo of himself with his mom on Mother’s Day!
He also did a Shoutout at Wormholeriders, which includes a short personal video greeting, a bio and list of greatest hits.
Peter was also a guest on Hathor Hosts, Suanne Brown’s series of interviews with former Stargate actors. Watch it right here!
Bradley’s recent movie Nightfire is now available on Amazon Prime! The movie, directed by Brando Benetton, was shot in Verona, Italy.
“Making this movie has been an incredible and creative experience – from the first words on the page to the last moments in the sound mix. We’re beyond proud of Nightfire, coming to Hulu and Amazon Prime on May 1, and hope you’ll take time to experience it on as large a screen as possible. We made this film for you.”
HEALING BODY ART
“I haven’t done any henna over the last bit but I did do a sketch of my friend Peter Graham-Gaudreau‘s Zoom concert he did back in March: a sign of the times…”
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