Published March 2021
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Welcome to Ferreira Fest 135! It’s the 20th of the month, and as always we gather here safely online to check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities! We have our annual birthday project wrap-up, screen caps, our exclusive Reading Series and lots of news all around! Have you signed up for your COVID shot yet? Visit our COVID-19 Support Page to find out how! Spring is just about here in the northern hemisphere, so grab a fresh spring salad and an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
The 2021 Birthday Project Wrap-Up
Due to COVID-related shipping delays Louis received our birthday project well after his birthday, but he was absolutely thrilled and very happy to have it!
“Thank you to all my friends! Stay safe and be the love and continued light that you are!”
Ability Online is a unique virtual community where young people of all abilities and their families can gather to socialize, ask for and receive advice, and share their experiences, their challenges and triumphs. They also have a special sister site, Ability Gives, which is a fundraising site to help very specific children with disabilities obtain equipment that will significantly improve their quality of life. Check it out and see what types of devices have been funded and how they were used!
MyAbility is the organization’s online forum. Apply to become a member today by clicking on the logo and fill out the form.
Ability Online relies on donations to keep going – please help young people with disabilities by providing them with a safe, bully-free virtual environment! Many people with disabilities are in high-risk categories for COVID-19, so online meeting places are sometimes their only way to socially interact. Click the logo below to contribute!
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.
While programs are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic plans are underway for new workshops and performances. Help this wonderful program get through a tough time by contributing what you can – just click on the logo below!
Haven Toronto is a daytime shelter for elder homeless men, as well as a major advocate for affordable housing and senior citizen issues.
In the March / April 2021 eMagazine, read how Mel Brooks used his cachet and comedy to bring awareness to the serious issue of homelessness.
Plus, learn more about the first English language cookbook by a woman, Hannah Glasse, written for servant and middle class people so they too can enjoy good food. Glasse invented Yorkshire Pudding.
And understand why Vincent Van Gogh is the epitome of the starving artist.
Click on the thumbnail to read!
It could be a song about life in a pandemic.
‘Eleanor Rigby’ talks of loneliness, isolation, and a woman who dies and no one attends her funeral.
Sir Paul McCartney penned the song. Who or what is it really about?
If you’re the kind of person who likes exactly where their donation goes, consider shopping at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site: everything you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need!
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 supports kids and youth in the foster care program.
By signing the Stand Up for Kids pledge, you’re demonstrating that you’re an ally to children and youth across Canada who, through no fault of their own, have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect. Your support helps build awareness about the barriers faced by kids in and from the child welfare system and encourages others to join us in helping them to overcome those barriers and reach their full potential.
Sign the pledge today by clicking here!
As #BlackHistoryMonth comes to a close, we know that honoring the legacy of Black Canadians, celebrating Black lives and accomplishments, and spreading awareness about issues facing Black Communities need to happen year-round.
We are proud to work alongside Black-led and Black-serving community partners who are working hard to make change in the child welfare sector. Historically, and still today, Black children and youth are over-represented in the child welfare sector and we’re committed to standing alongside and working with these groups to achieve positive impacts for Black families.
Today, we’re recognizing two examples programs run by Black-led organizations we are proud to support. Visit @blackwomeninmotion and @pobcadvocate who offer supports to address food and income insecurity as a result of COVID-19, educational, and emergency supports for Black families at risk of becoming involved in child welfare.
You can read all about the latest happenings in the online newsletter The Buzz, and you can easily contribute to the Stand Up for Kids campaign and other events by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy and secure!
Justin Breault spent an afternoon hanging out with his friend Louis!
This month we have screen caps from episode 8, Scarecrow, of the Facebook Watch series Limetown.
Louis plays Dr. Max Finlayson, the neuroscientist in charge of the research done in Limetown.
Marlee Matlin, who plays Louis’ wife Deidre Wells, is deaf (as is her character). Louis learned to sign his lines in dialog with her, the way anyone in a partnership with a deaf person would.
The episode is told in an interview setting, and Louis appears in the flashbacks, as Deidre tells her story. In this episode we see the incidents that lead to the heartbreaking destruction of Limetown.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/46600 or click on the screen cap below.
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns.
Unlike previous readers, this volume was published as a hardcover book within the Level 3 series of the Mr. Mugs readers. It was originally released in 1968. 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.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age.
You can listen to all the previous book readings under the Reading Series Tab.
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 8: The Space Station
The Space Station
The space station looked
like the station at home.
But it was away up
Pat and Mr. Mugs looked at
the space station TV.
They wanted to see what it was like
“Should we go to Mars?”
asked Mr. Mugs.
“No,” said Pat, “I don’t think
I want to go to Mars.”
… to be continued next month!
Alaina wrote on March 2:
“I’m shooting a small film called “Her Missing Twin” currently. We wrap Friday. I’m shooting in LA so it’s nice to be in the sun and catching up with friends (safely) while I’m in town.”
Alaina shared a special memory on her Instagram feed: here is an adorable photo of Baby-Alaina with her favorite doll!! Don’t forget to check out Alaina’s Daily Affirmations Handbook – the perfect gift for all the loved ones in your life!
The Affolter Brothers
News from the Affolter Brothers and their production company Foreshadow Films:
“Yowza!! TRY TO FLY is up for a @wgcvideos Award in the short/webseries category! First ever WGC nom for @simone.swan and us brothers!
We are mega-humbled and ultra-stoked and many other hyphenated emotions!!! Shout out @cbc and @creativebcs for bringing this to life!”
“I’ve been standing in on a show that runs until July so I’m really busy. …actually at work on a night shoot right now… I’ve been working on a microdosing company and should be up and running in the next couple of months.”
We’ll keep you posted on Justin’s new endeavors!
While Greyston is a professional actor he is also an extremely gifted photographer in his spare time. Check out his Instagram Feed for a gallery! Meanwhile, here are two new photos where he’s experiment with vertical symmetry in night photography. Click on the images to see the full versions.
Mika is our resident authority on geoscience, landslides, and all kinds of apocalyptic scenarios. Recently she was a guest on Weatherguy Joel! She writes of her experience:
“COVID complicated filming. We had a crew of 2 on-site (camera, sound) with our director on a phone hanging off the side of the camera calling in from the UK. Very thematic while talking apocalyptica and doom.”
Always be prepared for a disaster! The AMI Emergency Series details the steps Canadians in the blind and partially sighted community should take to be prepared for emergencies. Mika had the privilege of being one of several expert consultants for this series of emergency preparedness PSAs. Check them out!
And for more about the end of the world: Mika gives advice on disaster preparedness party planning (pandemic edition) on Vector Radio.
Mika was featured on I Got Lucky! She writes:
“I tried to figure out how people beat the odds for “I Got Lucky,” Discovery Plus’s pop-science show on viral videos…
Another COVID production, “I Got Lucky” had 3 on-site crew: producer, camera/ sound, and a medic in the next room over.”
Troy’s current series Bucketheads was featured on Global National and Troy was interviewed – he also appears in the video several times! Click on the screen cap to watch the entire clip; Troy’s interview starts around 1:15!
Read the online article here: Bucketheads: Star Wars fan film series takes viewers to a galaxy far, far, away
“It’s glorious to be able to put one of those (Stormtrooper uniforms) on,” lead Troy Mundle, who portrays TK-423, said. Mundle grew up a fan and jumped at the opportunity to join the cast.
“Once I saw the movie (as a kid), I was hooked,” Mundle explained. “I had the figurines, the posters, the bed sheets, the socks, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”
Eric Banerd has worked in the painting industry since 2010 and started Even Better Painting in 2016. As the owner of Even Better Painting, Eric sees it as his mission to help his clients customize their space so they can enhance their property experience!
Meet the owner – Eric Banerd!
Click the cap to watch a short promotional video for Eric’s company Even Better Painting! If you have been searching for a painter for your next residential, commercial or strata painting project, look no further! Even Better Painting provides top-notch customer service and delivers perfect finished products.
Join us for a special International Women’s Day discussion with some of the storytellers and scientists behind the TV show Traces!
“Happy International Women’s Day! If you fancy hearing about how women in science and art came together to make Traces, you can watch our panel on YouTube!”
At this virtual event we learn how the idea for the TV show was created and how scientists and storytellers worked together to bring forensic science to life on our screens.
On the panel you hear from Val McDermid, award winning Scottish Crime Writer and originator of the story for TRACES, Amelia Bullmore, actress and writer of TRACES, Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, Professor Lucina Hackman, Forensic Anthropologist at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, Laura Fraser and Jennifer Spence (filming schedules permitting).
Ingrid has posted a new inspirational video – click here or on the screen cap to watch it!
“Feels so liberating to declare publicly that it’s ok to be messy and imperfect.
As a child perfection meant coloring within the lines or 100 percent on a math test which brought external validation. But that striving for perfection is so restrictive, stifles all creative impulses and sets unrealistic and dissatisfying goals that can never be achieved.
I’d much rather be messy and discovering and unfolding as a work in progress rather than striving for rigid and unattainable perfection. So much more fun. Don’t you think?”
“The repression of expression lies heavy on my soul. Do you see me, feel me, value or receive me? “
Those words expressed my frame of mind in 2019 and were the impetus to make our short film LIBERATE; an anthem for women, especially women of color to be seen as equal and whole.
I felt vulnerable sharing in this way but this little project has empowered me and today I feel more seen and valued, from within and without. More importantly I see, value and hold space for other women in a whole new way.
Thank you @womens_voices_now for acknowledging LIBERATE with an honorable mention award.
Rob is super busy working on his new series Power Book IV: Force on Starz.
Power Book IV: Force centers around Tommy Egan, played by Joseph Sikora, after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. Kemp and Jackson will executive produce alongside Mark Canton, and series creator and showrunner Robert Munic (Vital Signs, The Cleaner). Lionsgate Television produces the series for Starz.
Sadly, actor Cliff Simon who played Baal on Stargate SG-1passed away unexpectedly in a kite boarding accident. Peter was good friends with Cliff and speaks about this wonderful actor and human being in a special Dial The Gate episode.
Cliff Simon was much beloved by con attendees, and if you were able to witness his radiant personality at a panel you will undoubtedly be sad about this great loss.
Right after the episode honoring Cliff Peter was the featured guest on Dial The Gate. You can watch his talk right here.
Peter is a fantastic con guest; he is extremely popular with fans, and always happy to delight audiences big and small with his incredible voice acting skills – he always has his viewers in stitches.
Peter is also one of very few actors who appeared in all three Stargate series!
Bradley’s feature film Land of Smiles was featured at the Florence Film Awards where it won the title of Best Web Series! Congrats to the whole team!
Bradley played another questionable character – this time on the hit series SVU: “SVU doesn’t give those yellow jumpers to just anyone!”
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations with Ferreira Fest. 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:
“With Easter approaching Gala and I have both done some artwork with this in mind. Gala made this gorgeous card for a friend of hers, sweet bunnies sharing a moment in front of the slumbering moon. And I did another henna style practice on a large cutout of an egg. Happy Easter!”
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