Ferreira Fest 64

Published April 2015.

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It's the 20th of the month and time for another big party here at Ferreira Fest where we celebrate the endeavors of Louis Ferreira and his friends and mentees! There are tons of  goodies for you - lots of good reads! We have three interviews, a long Q&A, photos, screencaps, our exclusive Reading Series and so much more! Choose a free virtual pineapple cocktail at our bar and come on in, stay a while and come back again tomorrow!


The Children's Aid Foundation
Our friends at CAF have a few big events coming up.

May 8th-10th: Samara Shuter Solo Exhibition - Getting to Know You

Canadian painter Samara Shuter channels her passion for fashion, street art, and graphic design into lush canvases dedicated to the ubiquitous menswear item, the tailored suit. For Shuter, the men’s suit provides a sturdy architectural template from which to explore formal concepts of line, color, and geometric structure; while also blurring the lines between high art, animation, and comic-book drawing. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. - Paddle8.com

Order your tickets here

May 14th: Children and Youth in Care Day
Five14 Talks between 8am - 1:30 pm at 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto, Ontario
Join like-minded business and community leaders from the child welfare, government,
academic, scientific, and health sectors in discussions about progress and change. Hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation, five speakers will speak for 14 minutes each on a range of thought-provoking topics that are shifting the way we think about the young people in our nation’s child welfare system.

CAF's new video "Climbing Cranes" which was filmed earlier this month and features members of their Young People’s Advisory Council will be featured at an upcoming Five14 Talk. Check out some Behind-the-Scenes pictures from the filming!

And finally, be sure to check out the latest issue of CAF's monthly newsletter The Buzz.

Please support the important work of The Children's Aid Foundation - visit the CAF Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira and please consider making a donation. We have our very own donations page - just click on the logo below, it's easy and hassle-free.



The Good Neighbours' Club
GNC, like so many charities out there, depends on volunteers for their daily operations. Here is a lovely letter from a volunteer describing why she helps out - and why you should, too. Her thoughts reflect Louis' philosophy on serving others. If you live in the Toronto area please consider volunteering - you never know who you might run into there!

Earlier this month they had their Volunteer Appreciation Night at GNC. Check it out here.

The GNC 2014 Annual Report is now available via an online brochure, detailing the good work they have been doing with impressive numbers: with 118,125 visitors they have truly made a difference in older homeless men's lives.

For the next 3-4 months GNC will be without an elevator as a new one is being installed. Since they are located in a 4-storey building things will get tough for those who have difficulties getting around, but everyone is looking forward to having the construction completed. Going up!

GNC's building has been undergoing major renovations in the past year - waterproofing, heating and air, plumbing and more, and it's been a real challenge at times to keep things going. Please help out if you can - even a few dollars will make a difference. You can make a contribution via our very own donations page! Click on the logo below and follow the simple instructions. We are only $28 away from our donation goal! Can you make it happen?


Project Limelight
We are proud to add a third charity to our lineup today - Project Limelight. And it all started with a photo!
Louis is a regular supporter of Project Limelight, a children's art organization in Vancouver. Earlier this year we chatted about his participation in one of their recent film projects.

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF –Project Limelight is a local casting director who has a program for kids after school, I think they’re between the ages of eight and fifteen, and she puts together an entire season of these kids—these kids come from rougher neighborhoods—and puts together this group, and it’s pretty amazing. She gets professionals coming in and they teach and coach and they put together a full-on production and they perform it at a university here.

It’s pretty great. They asked me to participate in this little short where the kids were the stars. And so I was just supporting a good cause and it’s pretty amazing what they do.

FF – It just sounded fantastic and somebody posted a picture on Twitter, you were with a bunch of kids. And it was like "Jazz Hands".

LF – Yeah, and the guy who is in the picture with me, the guy with the moustache, that’s Kristin Lehman’s husband, Adam Reid. And it’s pretty amazing. He was really funny and really great. I definitely love what they’re doing.

That’s a great thing to support. And since I’m leaving Vancouver, too, as well, I feel good that that was part of our thing, because it was something here that I was very proud of.

I gotta tell you, when I worked with them I was so impressed with the talent level and how smart they were and how much they loved it and it was just really exciting.

Co-founder Donalda Weaver has kindly taken the time to answer questions in this exclusive interview.
Listen to the sound clip here:

Interview transcript:

FF – Hi, and welcome to Ferreira Fest! I have the great privilege of talking to Donalda Weaver today, who is the executive director for Project Limelight. So, let’s start out with some nuts and bolts—what is Project Limelight and how did it all come about?

DW – Thank you, Bea. Project Limelight is a free performing arts program for children living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Strathcona. It’s been around since 2011.  Project Limelight is a four month program for youth ages 8 through 15.

FF – For those of us who are not familiar with the Vancouver area, could you describe the kinds of neighborhoods and children that your organization serves?

DW – We serve an area that traditionally was one where children didn’t necessarily have all the opportunities.  Our goal is to present opportunities for children to build self-confidence and foster self-esteem through the safe community of performing arts.

FF – And your organization, the program is free for children, right?

DW – Yes, it is free. It’s free for everybody, we’re all inclusive.
FF – According to your website, Project Limelight maintains a very busy training, rehearsal and performance schedule. Could you describe some of your recent and current projects?
DW – The general program runs for approximately four months. The first six weeks of the program consists of mentoring, training, and workshops. Workshops are lead by professionals from the film, television, and theater industries. The remainder of the program is used rehearsing a full-length production.  The shows are usually panto-style, performed by the kids for the general public, friends and families.  We try and do a couple of these a year, so it’s very intense. The kids attend at least two times a week, and when it gets closer to the performance, sometimes they rehearse almost every day.

FF – And those are after-school programs, I assume.

DW – After school and weekends.

FF – Project Limelight supports both live performance and camera work, what benefits do you see in having both?

DW – We started out strictly in theater and doing live performances.  What ended up happening is that some of the kids expressed interest in acting for film and television, so we felt that we would give them that opportunity as well. They’ve had the experience of being bigger than life on the stage, and now it’s time for them to learn how to act in front of a camera.

FF – Well, that’s certainly useful with a considerably sized television and movie industry in Vancouver. That only makes sense.

DW – Absolutely.
FF – Now, you’ve mentioned that for the first six weeks in the programs, you use professionals from the entertainment industry. And, based on what I’ve seen on the website, and heard from others, you work with some rather well-known professionals. After all, this is how I found you. How does that system work? How do you find these people? What attracts them to the programs? And what exactly do they do?

DW – We are so fortunate to have the support of the industry professionals who want to “give back” and work with Project Limelight. What our mentors do is what they do best. The workshop leaders come in to share their specific talent; workshops are forever changing, and depend on who is available.  If, for instance, we have a comedian that’s available, we’ll have them come and do a comedy workshop. We’ll have somebody do improv or have a choreographer teach some form of dance. We try to offer something a little different, that normally the participants, wouldn’t have had a chance to be exposed to.  And, it’s all about the opportunity to try new experiences.

We hope that one day that these kids will be able to say, “Hey, I’d really like to do that” because of being exposed to the opportunity which gave them an idea of what “that” is all about.

We are able to draw from the professional talent that is in Vancouver because we have the luxury that my sister and co-founder of Project Limelight, Maureen Webb, is a casting director who has a respected connection with the industry.   We have a lot of friends and know many people in the industry who support Project Limelight.

FF – Yes. And it’s all about connections, and there is never a spot that’s too soon for the kids to learn that they need to start networking. And it’s all about who they know and what kind of connections they can make. And what kind of connections they also cultivate as they grow older. So that’s certainly a great opportunity for them to learn that early on.

DW – Absolutely.  The funny thing is, that a lot of the kids won’t know for years, probably, just who they were learning from.

FF – Right.
DW – We don’t really make a big deal about somebody being a little bit extra well-known or anything like that. We just treat everybody as professionals. The kids are taught to treat everybody with respect.  It is really wonderful. The whole purpose of this program is so that the participants gain confidence, and the amazing people who mentor them, are really great at helping to build that confidence and self-esteem in the kids.

FF – Now, the reason why we’re specifically talking is because Louis Ferreira, who our website is about, was involved in some of your projects, so, the one that I know of is of course The Review which is the short film that you just finished, that will start to be exposed to the public this weekend. How exciting is that! So, well, by the time this comes around, it will be later, but, anyway, so it’s out there and people have seen it, so can you tell us a little bit about this particular project? And maybe other projects that Louis was involved in and how did they all turn out?

DW – Well, how the connection with Louis came about was through Maureen.  She is the casting director on Motive. Louis’ relationship with Project Limelight started off with an event that was benefiting Project Limelight, called Monday Night Live.

Experienced industry professionals would come and form a panel for up and coming actors, writers, and directors, to hear a little bit of their story.  Louis was part of that and when he learned more about Project Limelight, he just embraced it.  Louis is really into mentoring and inspiring young people so he wanted to do something with us.
When the opportunity came for this short film project, The Review, and we were trying to fill the role, Louis’ name, of course, was high on our list. We were just so fortunate that he was available.  He even came back from his Christmas break early in order to be able to accommodate us.
FF – The whole mentorship philosophy is mainly the reason why I’m actually talking to you. Because one of our topics, along with charitable works, is mentorship. And how do we get young people involved, and how do we help them find their way and believe in themselves? And how do we mentor them? So we’ve featured several of Louis’ mentees; actually last month, in March, we featured Eric Banerd, who is a young Vancouver actor that Louis has just mentored through another program.

So, does Louis fit pretty well into that mentorship philosophy? You’ve mentioned that you knew he was interested?

DW – Oh yes!  We try to ingrain mentorship right from the beginning of our program, even with our kids. All our volunteers help us with that including our Limelight Leaders who mentor the kids on a daily basis. Our guest workshop leaders come in and mentor - we actually prefer to use the term mentoring rather than teaching. Mentoring is a very important part of Project Limelight.  Once the older participants have been part of our program for a while we ask them, if the situation is right, to mentor somebody else - to give a helping hand to somebody else that needs it in the program, be it a younger participant or somebody else who hasn’t as much experience. And we go from there.  This is something that is taught all the way through.

Mentoring is very important.

FF – Well, again, it’s never too early to teach the kids how to pay it forward.

DW – I agree.

FF – Once you’ve learned something, it’s time for you to teach somebody else. Even if you’re just a step ahead, you are a step ahead. And there will be somebody who can benefit from your experience and that’s just a wonderful thing, for even young children to learn.

DW – So true.

So – You can’t start soon enough with that. Now, on your website there is a way to donate, there’s a nice little donate button. If people make a donation to Project Limelight, what programs or resources will they support?

DW – They will support our ongoing programs that we run at least twice a year. One of our priorities is that we provide our kids with a meal or healthy snack every time they come to a workshop or rehearsal. We don’t ask if anybody’s hungry - we just assume kids are hungry. Food security is a very important part of our project.

We fund our whole program through donations.  We promise great costumes, professional venues, and good instruction and mentorship.  All with the purpose to help create pride and self-esteem in young people. By having a fabulous costume for somebody who never dreamt they would be on stage, let alone in some great costume, it goes a long way to help make that child proud of himself. The ripple effect is that the family is also proud and then it goes on from there into the community.

FF – Thank you so much for telling us a little bit about Project Limelight. And we hope to support you from here on out, in the future. And thank you so much, again, for talking to me today, I really appreciate it.

DW – Oh, it’s been my pleasure. I really appreciate this and, we’re very proud of our program. We welcome anybody to check out our website and send us comments. Thank you very much.

* All photos © by Project Limelight 2015

Please be sure to visit the new Project Limelight Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira, and check out the Project Limelight website as well! We have also added a simple donation logo on the Home Page so you can make quick and easy donations to this worthy organization.
Check out the following links for more information about Project Limelight!

Project Limelight Main Website
Project Limelight on FaceBook
Project Limelight on Instagram
Follow @ProjLimelight on Twitter

Donate to Project Limelight!

Click on the logo to donate now!


Ferreira Fest celebrates Earth Day on April 22! Please join us in this year's Earth Day campaign to plant a tree or a seed! If you planted something send us a photo of what you planted and we'll put it in the next Ferreira Fest!

Louis' daughter Sawyer has graciously agreed to an exclusive interview with Ferreira Fest, because Earth Day also happens to be her birthday. Happy Earth Day Birthday, Sawyer!
Sawyer Ferreira

Here is a sound clip; we had some connection problems so please refer to the transcript below.

FF – Hi Sawyer, and welcome to Ferreira Fest!

SF – Hi!

FF – Let’s get to know you a little bit better first, so tell us a little bit about yourself, what’s your favorite subject in school, what are your hobbies, and what’s your favorite thing to do when you’re hanging out with your friends?

SF – So many great questions. Well, my name is Sawyer Ferreira, I’m sixteen. Almost, almost sixteen! I like how I said I’m sixteen! I’m practicing!

My favorite subject in school is definitely English. I’m very, very into writing and creative writing. And, yeah, so I've been doing a lot of that recently.
Also drama is one of my favorite subjects. I was a part of my school play this year and that was an amazing experience. It really helped me make a lot of new friends that are now still my friends.
Usually it’s fun because me and my best friend when we get together usually what we do is write, and just share ideas and opinions and stuff on writing.

FF – Tell us a little bit more about your writing. What kind of creative works do you enjoy?

SF – I love experimenting with different kinds, I’m always trying different styles of writing. I’ve tried to write scripts before and I’ve done poetry. Right now, currently, I post my stories on a site called Wattpad. And I’m currently working on a "rant book" which is basically where I just share my opinions and thoughts. And I’m doing a new story, called Missing Ian, which is about a boy who goes missing and the girl he leaves behind. That’s the slogan, or whatever it’s called.

And I’ve been writing a series with my best friend, called Red Strings, for over a year now. And we actually got that book self-published, which was a really cool moment for both of us.

FF – Oh my goodness, that’s awesome!

SF – Yeah, it was amazing.

FF – That’s great. What is it about?

SF – Well that’s a fan fiction, so it’s a romance story. And it’s basically a coming of age story. The characters start out very young and they’re eighteen now and they’ve matured. My character is moving away from home.

The characters, they’ve grown up with us, which is weird to say, but because while we’ve been writing it, it’s been such a transition period for us, from middle school to high school. I really feel like these characters are a part of us.

FF – Yes.

SF – The cool thing about the website is that we can actually read people’s comments and people like it. And people really seem to enjoy it. I think the first one has about seventy thousand reads online, currently.

FF – Wow!

SF – Yeah, so that’s always good to see, it’s a good feeling.

FF – Okay, so we have that you like English and you like drama class and you’ve been in a play. What was the play?

SF – It was called "CSI – Christmas Scene Investigators". It was about this school that puts on a Christmas play and their Santa Claus goes missing. So we all have to go and find him. And hilarity ensues.
FF – That sounds really fun. All right, so you have your birthday on Earth Day, and hey that even rhymes, I just realized! What is it that you like to do that tickles your interest, when it comes to Earth Day? And just how cool is it to combine two such important celebrations in one day?

SF – Well, I’m really passionate about a lot of social issues, so it’s cool that my birthday falls on this day. Usually a movie comes out on my birthday that I like to go to.

To me it’s very important that we have this day because, of course, we should take care of the Earth every day of the year. But just the fact that they have a day when we can really be reminded of what we’re supposed to be doing, I think is very important.

FF – And to do that on your birthday, too.

SF – Yeah, yeah. For sure. To be on my birthday is just so cool!

FF – That’s fantastic. What are some of the environmental causes and activities that you’ve participated in, in the past? What interests you most about them?
SF – Environmental causes: I go to a summer camp [Me To We Take Action Camp] every year that specializes in world issues and going through that and really learning about different ones and what we’re passionate about. For me I’m very passionate about the clean water crisis that’s going on.
And so usually my school, we would go out and we would clean up parks in our neighborhood.

FF – Okay, so you did clean ups? And, what was the other one? Water issues?

SF – Yeah. I’m very passionate about clean water in different countries. And so I go to camp and I learn about that, and how I can help prevent that and how I can educate others on that.

FF – Right. Now, you mentioned that clean water is a concern for you, globally, which is certainly true, that everybody should have access to clean water, and a lot of our diseases and issues that people in developing countries have is because they don’t have access to clean water.

SF – Yeah, exactly. My personal opinion is that part of the poverty cycle is not having clean water, that’s a big part of it.

FF – Because a lot of it really just starts with having clean water. And sanitation for that matter.

SF – Yeah. It shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right, I believe.

FF – Absolutely. If there’s anywhere you could travel to contribute to Earth Day or maybe participate in an activity in another country for Earth Day, where would you like to go?

SF – What a good question! I have been really wanting to go to the Amazon. I was supposed to go this summer, but I may be going next summer. And the community that I would be going to for this camp trip is actually based on the water. And so for Earth Day, we go around and we meet the people in the community and we see how they live and how they collect their water and how they take care of their environment. Which is so different from how we in Canada and America take care of ours, you know?

FF – Right.

SF – They hold everything to a different standard, which I think is very fascinating.

FF – That’s wonderful. Now, here at Ferreira Fest at our newsletter, we’re always really interested in mentorship and how we can help each other grow. Who are some of your mentors and role models in school, or in life, or in any other places that you might encounter people that you like to learn from?
SF – Well, I definitely gotta put my father in there. He’s always teaching me lessons, all the summers I’ve spent with him, he’s definitely taught me tons of values and things that I couldn’t even begin to get into. But he always stresses the importance of staying grounded and having a good sense of who you are and learning from mistakes.

So I think that’s really helped me, especially in school, just remembering that whatever you do, you’ve just gotta own up to it, and admit that you’ve done it and move on. Like, you can’t harbor on the past.
My grandma is also another one. She passed recently but she was an incredible role model. I used to go to her house every Tuesday and we would sit down and she would just lay out things for me and teach me things and play games with me.

FF – That’s great, that’s wonderful, especially when you still have grandparents that you can look up to and learn from.

SF – Yeah, exactly. She was very loving and caring and always, she was just good to talk to, you know?

FF – Yeah.

SF – I could always talk to her.

FF – Yeah. Aren’t grandparents the best, though!

SF – Yes, they are. They’re so sweet.

FF – Every couple months you do get to spend some quality time with your dad. What are some of your favorite activities together and what’s on your bucket list of things that you want to do with your dad?
SF – We’ve done so much. I’m always amazed at how much we’re able to fit in to the time we get to spend together. We just have some great car conversations. Last summer we road-tripped from L.A. to Vancouver. And just those three days of being in the car, by ourselves, listening to the radio, it was just, yeah, it was just a lot of fun.

And, for the bucket list, we want to go help somewhere. We want to go to a different country and really volunteer our time. So I think that’s on my bucket list. I’m excited about that.

FF – Yeah, that sounds like some quality time, also to reinforce each other’s values.

SF – Yeah, for sure.

FF – You’ve done Camp Dada with your dad for thirteen years now, I think?

SF – Yes.

FF – And so how does it work? And besides the road trip, what else have you done together?

SF – What haven’t we done together?  Basically Camp Dada started when I was two years old. And my dad would have my brother and me stay with him for the whole summer. And we would go to Centre Island, we would go to museums, we would watch plays, and go to theme parks. We did everything together.
And Dad always made sure he wasn’t working at that time so he could spend as much time with us as possible. And he basically continued to do this for like ten years until my brother grew up and moved away. And he continues to do it with me today.

FF – Who comes up with the ideas of what you do together? Do you have a say in the matter? Or is it all Louis that brings the ideas, or how does that work?
SF – When I was younger it was a lot of Dad, mostly, but now we like to do things that really go with my interests and Dad’s interests and so we’ve seen a lot of plays. Like I said, a love of theater is something we share. Yeah, it’s really a blessing that I have so much time with my parents and with Dad because a lot of people don’t get that. So I really think that’s like part of why we have such a great relationship, for sure.

FF – Wonderful. All right, we’re almost at the end, so here comes the difficult question that everybody here gets to answer: If you could describe your dad in four words, what would they be?

SF – Oh, okay, I’m trying to think of them.  And good words. Okay. I think I’m ready.

FF – Okay.

SF – Positive. Fantastic. Nurturing. honest.

FF – Those are great words, Sawyer! Thank you so much for your time!

SF – Thank you for having me talk.

*all photos © by Louis and Sawyer Ferreira

Sawyer's very own page, featuring her writing, poetry and photography will debut next month here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira so please be sure to tune in then!


*NOTE: in compliance with the Child Protection Act both of Sawyer's parents have given us permission to interview her and publish the conversation. Thank you so much!

This month we have a question from Patrick from South Africa.

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q – My kids love watching your movies! I noticed you seem to have a good rapport with children onscreen and behind the scenes. How is it different to do a film or TV show when your co-star is a child?

LF – That’s interesting. First and foremost, I do love children. And I think, inherently, to me, I’m very conscious of the fact that there is a child on set and so that already informs my behavior. There are people who don’t believe that parents or adults should act any differently. But then I question the behavior of the adults. It depends on the adults. If they’re in fact healthy good examples, then great. But if in fact the adults are acting in a way that, in my opinion, would be detrimental to their childhood, and that is simply that you’re infringing on their childhood by injecting your adulthood into them, like the people who say—oh, I swear in front of my kids and it’s cool—I guess, but why? And I choose not to.

It’s just a simple choice, and to me, you swear in front of your kids, your kids are going to end up swearing in front of other people and to me that’s just kind of rude, at times, so.

FF – Right.

LF – Things like that, so, I’m a little bit, I don’t want to say old-fashioned, with that, but I do have a certain respect because I do believe my job, with my children, for example, was to keep their childhoods intact for as long as I possibly could.

I probably went overboard to make sure that my children, in fact, had a childhood. I say proudly that I did that to the best of my ability. I’m very proud. My children still have a very childlike… there’s still that thing that children have that’s magical, which is why when you see children act, when you get a child who’s completely unconscious, they’re so real and natural.
Child performances blow my mind, like I think of Rick Schroder in The Champ; any time you see that child who just blows your mind, lately it’s been Louis C.K., I’ve been watching his show. And whoever plays his daughters, blow my mind. It’s like, who are these kids? Kids are just so… because they don’t have a sense of anything.

And so, I hope I’ve answered your question. I think that I just, I have so much respect for them and their journeys. I’ve had the privilege of being Dakota Fanning’s dad, in the first thing she ever did before she got the movie that launched her, which is the one with Sean Penn, I Am Sam, I think? She was doing a pilot with me called The Fighting Fitzgeralds, with Brian Dennehy and me and Connie Britton. And she was our daughter. And then she got the movie and they replaced her for the series.

I’ve also had the privilege of working with Abigail Breslin just before she got Little Miss Sunshine and got nominated. I mean, you could just see how incredible these people were.

But again, there’s two kinds of kid actors. There’s the kid actors who have the stage moms that you hear about, and it’s horrible. Any reality show, when you’re watching those dance moms, and those kinds of mothers, holy nightmare. You know, but this is why people watch it, so, I think at the end of the day, reality television makes people feel better about their lives.

But the flip side of that is the people like Abigail’s mom and Dakota’s mom, where you just saw real people being very conscious of their children in a way that wasn’t stage-mommy, but respectful, responsible, and effective. And there is a big difference.

I know that’s long winded, but it’s a great question.

Yeah, children actors blow my mind, because there’s something so authentic, it’s like what acting, what adults do, is to go like, oh, I gotta remove… children just are, and that’s really what acting is. It’s just about being. And there’s no, they’re not aware, they’re just, they’re present in who they are. And they’re honest and they’re authentic. And they’re just so… and I love watching them.

Thanks for your great question, Patrick!

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After our interview with Louis' mentee Eric Banerd in Ferreira Fest 63 it seemed fitting to hear from the founder of the Mentoring Program where Louis and Eric met.

Please take time to visit our new FYA - Fulfilling Young Artists Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira for much more info on the organization, plus some extra photos, and please be sure to visit the FYA links below as well.

We're so thrilled to bring you this exclusive interview with Sage Brocklebank, who together with Patrick Sabongui developed FYA - Fulfilling Young Artists.

Sage Brocklebank, running lines before an audition.
Listen to the interview sound clip here:

Interview transcript:

FF – Hi Sage, this is Bea from Ferreira Fest. We’re so happy to have you talking to us this month. And, to start out with, tell us a little bit about FYA—Fulfilling Young Artists. What is it and how did it all start?

SB – Oh, well, first of all, thank you for having me on your newsletter. I took a peek at your last newsletter and I think it’s pretty great what you guys are doing.

FF – Thank you.

SB – FYA is a non-profit, volunteer based mentorship program where we pair young actors, who are aged eighteen to twenty-four, with experienced professionals.

The program started, I was doing a course through Landmark Education called a Self-Expression and Leadership Program where you create an organization to benefit your community. And I had this idea for a type of mentorship that would provide a bird’s-eye point of view feedback for younger actors.

It was something that I’d recognized in my career that had been missing. And I guess something that I really recognized that in our society doesn’t happen as much now, is mentorship, like back in the old days if you wanted to be a blacksmith or a cobbler you’d go train and intern with these guys for a few years and you would learn from the professional.
Sorry, you’re hearing crazy noise in the background here. I’m actually right now working on a film, a short film, called Ariel Unraveling, which was an FYA project. It’s written by Mary Galloway, who is an FYA graduate, and directed by her mentor, Carmen Moore. And it’s co-produced by Patrick Sabongui and myself.

FF – You started FYA out of a personal and a perceived need in the artists community, for all intents and purposes, an old fashioned apprentice/mentorship relationship?

SB – Yeah, yeah. I felt like it was something that I recognized had been missing from my career and I would have benefited a lot from it. It would have saved me a lot of time. And something that just provides a lot of value, and I guess I didn’t realize this when I started the program, but, it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement between the mentor and the mentee, where both people are really contributing towards one another and there’s a real sense of fulfillment. So our program is FYA, which is: Fulfilling Young Artists. We’re not really concentrating on getting actors work, or getting actors fame, or getting actors money, we’re interested in what it is that fulfills you artistically.

Quite often what fulfills you might not pay the bills. But we look at balance, and understanding what it is that’s going to have you feel fulfilled and satisfied so that you can have longevity in your career. What that means to each person is completely different. For some people it means taking up a pottery class on the side, or poetry or writing or beat poetry, it could be any number of things.

We focus upon what it is in your life that’s going to help you find balance and fulfillment in order to help you to sustain your career over a duration of time.

FF – That sounds wonderful. Now, you choose both the mentors and the mentees for the program.

SB – Yes.

FF – Where do you find the mentors and what criteria are vital for a successful mentee applicant?

SB – The mentors are sought out through people that I know or that Patrick Sabongui knows. And then we have a board of directors of five other former mentors from the program. So when we bounce names around, we have a list every year of maybe sixty to ninety people that we think would be really good mentors, but we don’t know if we’re going to use any of them. Because what we do is we have applications and we ask a series of questions of the mentees, about their career, and why they’re an actor, and what they’re interested in, and how they see their future going, what kind of future they’d like to have artistically.

And then we have a long interview process, it’s about an eight minute interview. Each prospective mentee is interviewed by two former mentors. Then at the end of the whole day of interviews we throw all the names in a hat and we talk about our strongest candidates and then it has go through a rigorous process where everyone has to agree that this person is a good fit for our program.

Once we’ve done that we try to look at each individual applicant and kind of think like what kind of career might they have in the industry, if they’re male or female, ethnic type, body type matters, and are they an ingenue or are they a character type. And then who do we know in the Vancouver community that fits that, who’s been down that road, because really listening is so totally based on the person who’s talking.  And so, what I mean by that, is that when I was in theater school I had some amazing teachers and professors that said some really wise comments about an actor’s career. But the listening for me, at that age of twenty or twenty-one years old was like, yeah, but you’re not really doing it. You’re a teacher, you’re not really doing the acting thing every day, you’re not on a TV show, you haven’t been on Broadway, you haven’t done anything, so how do you really know?

And as much as they may know, it’s just that my listening was affected by the fact that they weren’t actually walking the walk every day.

So what we try to create, and the reason that someone like Louis Ferreira is such a great mentor is because they’re walking the walk, right? He’s been in the business for, how long? At least twenty-five or thirty years?

FF – Something like that, yep.

SB – Yeah, television and film and stage and has done a wide variety of things, so when we pair him up with someone like Eric, there’s no doubt in Eric’s mind that, wow, this guy knows what he’s talking about. So the listening shifts. It provides maximum value for learning.

FF – Right. When you get it straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

SB – Exactly. Exactly. And there’s just no denying it, right.

FF – Yeah. Now, looking back over the life of the program, how has participation in the program helped the young artists that were selected?

SB – Oh, that’s a great question. So we’ve had a few people, like Jane Hancock in our program a few years ago and she’d never made a film. And as part of their final project we do an evening of unique works, where everyone creates an original piece of work that’s one to five minutes. And the work has to do, if they had a microphone and they were in front of the world, what would they have to say. So she created this short film, and it was the first time she’d ever made a film, and it was this whole breakthrough for her of understanding, wow, I can actually create a piece of art from scratch, as a film, and have my voice be heard.
So when she created that it caused this huge inertia for her and I think since then she’s made like half a dozen films, she’s won awards, her films have been in festivals all over the world. So, that’s one personal thing that happened to her.

We’ve had other students that have created monologues that have led to plays and have been taken to fringe festivals and whatnot.

FF – Yeah, and Eric was telling us about the web-series that he was working on. That came out of the project.

SB – Yeah.

FF – So it’s great that it’s not just like that particular event on that evening but that those are all projects that are meant to go on. And grow beyond that.

SB – Yeah, it’s definitely a possibility. Even if it just happens one time, one of the things that I’ve realized in the program is that many people will not end up being actors. And that is, that’s just how life works. Right? The average person changes careers at least eight times and acting is an incredibly difficult career filled with pain and rejection. So many people choose not to stay in this career. But we can provide value for them, in that one experience.

Experiencing themselves in a new way, and having them create an idea and taking it to fruition then and then that’s something.

FF – So, how did Louis get involved in the FYA mentorship program?

SB – Well, I’ve known about Louis a while. But I hadn’t known him personally, I’ve just known him through watching, I loved the character arc he had in Breaking Bad, and then Motive obviously shoots in Vancouver. I’ve seen some episodes of that show and I’ve auditioned for it several times.

A friend of mine was doing an art show, and a mutual friend brought Louis to it and we met briefly. Something really interesting about Louis: he’s really charismatic, and he’s like an alpha dog, he’s an alpha man. He’s like an effortless alpha. He doesn’t really need to dominate other people in order to be an alpha, he just sits back. But you just know he’s the guy who’s driving the car.

There’s something about him that when Eric Banerd came and interviewed with us, and Eric’s got this really interesting life story where he took a couple years off, he traveled around the world, went to Thailand and all these crazy places, and so we were like, oh, we need someone who’s really seasoned and really has a sense of himself, and is also an alpha dog as well, we were like, you know who’d be great would be Louis Ferreira. So I just reached out to my friend, I didn’t really know Louis, but my good friend Paula [Elle] did, and she knows him really well and the first time I met Louis he was ecstatic about the idea.

He was like, “Oh, this is totally in alignment with what I’m doing.” And Louis had also taken the Landmark Forum recently, so he knew the origins of the program, he knew what it was about. Landmark is all about making a difference for other people and taking a stand for something. So that’s how he got involved.

FF – Wonderful. One of the big things that we’re really interested in here at Ferreira Fest is mentorship and guiding younger people, and the kind of influences that we all have on other people and the good we can all do. And even if we’re just a year older, that’s still a year that the other person might not have, and the experience that we’ve had in a year. So mentorship is not necessarily the old wise person and the young, unexperienced person, but it can simply be somebody who’s been through something like that before, who can then mentor somebody else.

So that’s really interesting to us and that’s why we were so excited to be able to talk to Eric and now I’m so excited to be talking to you about the same topic, which just all fits together here.

How can people find out more about Fulfilling Young Artists?

SB – We have a website, http://fulfillingyoungartis.wix.com/fyartists and we’re also on Facebook, Fulfilling Young Artists is a group on there. And then we’re on Twitter @FyaCanada. We try to run a program every year. We’re on a bit of a hiatus right now, in search for some funding to get us back up and running. But they can always e-mail us and ask about it. At the moment we’re just available in Vancouver although we would definitely like to expand the program to other markets such as Toronto and Los Angeles and New York down the road.

I definitely think that mentorship’s something that is going to become more common in the world now. I think that there’s this kind of resurgence of going back to the way things were and old world values and work ethic, etc.

FF – Well, thank you so much for your input on that, Sage, that was really wonderful, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day, or night, as the case may be.

SB – My pleasure.

FF – Thank you again so much.

SB – Oh, you’re welcome. Thanks, it was a pleasure talking to you.

Thanks to Sage for taking the time to do this interview!
Visit the new FYA - Fulfilling Young Artists Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira!

Check out the FYA FaceBook page!

Follow @FyaCanada on Twitter!
Motive's Canadian Twitter admins have started embedding short video clips into their tweets, which means people anywhere can watch them! Sadly, most Season 3 videos out there are geo-fenced, which means you can only watch them in Canada. Many thanks to @MotiveTV for posting these snippets! At this point there is no news on whether any US networks will pick up the show.

Clips were posted on the following dates - click on them to go to the original posts where you can watch the clips.

April 17   Director Andy Mikita preps a scene
April 7   Warren Christie interview
April 14   Hair and Makeup
April 10   episode 3-06 trailer
March 27   Bill Terezakis, special effects makeup designer
March 27   episode 3-04 trailer

Follow @MotiveTV on Twitter!

The Televixen has posted a nice write-up of MOTIVE's Season 3 and what each main character's storyline is so far, so beware of spoilers!

Check out the great MOTIVE Behind-the-Scenes photos below!


Here are a few photos from in between takes of filming MOTIVE, shared by cast and crew members. Click on the images to go to the original posts.
Louis with Lisa Chandler during the filming of MOTIVE episode 3-05 "The Suicide Tree" where Lisa was the stunt double for Lauren Holly's character Betty Rogers.

Louis with co-star Kristin Lehman and director Sturla Gunnarsson during the filming of MOTIVE episode 3-05 "The Suicide Tree".

with Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly and Kristin Lehman in between takes

Louis Ferreira comparing phones with Lauren Holly
A peek at the camera views during the filming of Motive: Detectives Flynn and Vega.
Sometimes life just goes too fast. It's nice to slow down every once in a while. Maybe stop and smell the roses. Signs can be very handy.

If we didn't know any better we'd think Louis came up with the name for these caverns!

Doggie Cameos on MOTIVE: To Billie or not to Billie?



Eric Banerd

One of Eric's bands, The Wild Romantics, made it into the 2nd Round Standouts in CBC Music's Searchlight 2015 Contest. Read more on the Wild Romantics' FaceBook Page, and be sure to check out their Event Page as well!

Here's Eric rocking out on drums!
Eric's upcoming tour dates and links:

May 1st - 10th - Canadian Music Week, Various Shows, Toronto - The Wild Romantics/ Jodi Pederson
May 14th - The Port Theatre, Nanaimo - The Wild Romantics/ We Are The City
June 18th - North by North East Festival, Toronto - The Wild Romantics
June 19th - Revelstoke - Jodi Pederson
June 20th - Vernon - Jodi Pederson
July 1st - Kelowna - Jodi Pederson
July 23rd - Rock Of The Woods Festival, Cowichan Valley, BC - The Wild Romantics
August 21st - Golden Sound Festival, Golden, BC - The Wild Romantics

Justin Chance

Chance's Page has been reorganized and updated with new poetry - check it out!

David Dingess

David now has a page at Ourstage.com - check it out for all sorts of good things and many songs that you can listen to right there!
David's band The Haze has a new poster out with upcoming concert dates.

They will play at the Centennial Pool on April 23 and at Buffington's on May 1, both in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Visit David's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira!

Jennifer Spence

Jen's latest movie "The Adept" has been accepted to the Sci-fi London Film Festival! Congrats to Jen and the whole team! Please visit Jen's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira!

Ingrid Rogers

Congrats to Ingrid for booking the role of the recurring character Holly in two Murder in the First episodes! We've updated her filmography listings as follows:
Murder in the First (TV Series) - Holly
- Episode #2.4
- Episode #2.3

Season 2 of the show starts on FOX in June of this summer. Be sure to check out Ingrid's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira for further updates.

Peter Kelamis

Peter will perform at Comic Vision Vancouver 2015 on April 24th at the Hellenic Community Centre. Comic Vision is one of the signature fundraising events supporting The Foundation Fighting Blindness.

There's a nice interview with Peter on CTV Morning Live - watch it to learn more about the noble cause and the fabulous people who support it!

Peter can be seen on TV in "All of My Heart" Saturday, April 25th at 6pm EDT on The Hallmark Channel.

Peter met up with comedian Simon King at his last Canadian show (Simon has moved to London in the UK). And he's also been watching a bit of hockey in his spare time.

Peter and Simon
This is Peter's "Hockey Face". 

And finally, Peter is doing a "Jokes On Broadway" series at the Manchester Public Eatery in Vancouver. He will be performing there next Monday night, so West Coast peeps, be sure to get your tickets now! Click on the poster for more info.
For more about Peter please visit Peter Kelamis' Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira.


Bradley Stryker

Bradley's new series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is currently playing Sundays at 10/9c on Lifetime. Missed the first few episodes? You can watch them for free at the link above. If you like Victorian murder mysteries and lots of blood, this show is for you! Filmed in Nova Scotia last winter it is visually stunning with an absolutely stellar cast!

Here's Bradley as the character Skipjack in the show:


Bradley's first full-length movie "Thai-Sanity" has been retitled to "Land of Smiles". His filmography has been updated accordingly.

And finally, we have some Behind-the-Scenes takes of some really snazzy PR shoot pictures. Lookin' good there, Mr. Stryker! For more please visit Bradley's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira.



Every month Louis reads a chapter from one of his favorite books, Are You as Happy as Your Dog? by Alan Cohen. Mr. Cohen has kindly granted his permission for us to post Louis' book reading clips here. Please join me in thanking him and be sure to visit his website at alancohen.com.

Click on the thumbnail of the book cover to purchase a copy of the book:

Here is this month's chapter.

Listen to the sound clip here:

Chapter 26:
Don't settle for mush

If I run out of dog food and buy an inferior brand until I can get the good stuff again, Munchie refuses to eat it. He sits in front of his bowl, looks at his food, and then stares at me as if to say, “Are you serious?”

Then he walks away.

 He knows what he’s worth, and he doesn’t compromise.


In honor of one of Sawyer Ferreira's favorite childhood movies with Louis we have 671 screencaps of "Chestnut: Hero of Central Park" for you. If you have kids - or regularly hang out with them - this is the perfect movie for some quality time!
The movie's plot: Soon after being taken in by a loving new mother and father - Mr Matt Tomley (Louis Ferreira) and Mrs Laura Tomley -, two young former orphans (Sal and Ray) do their best to keep their furry, four-legged friend — a loveable Great Dane named Chestnut — a secret from their adoptive parents and save him from a grim fate at the city pound...

Click on the cover image to purchase your own copy!

Louis has fond memories of the film. Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – Oh, and then when Sawyer saw the movie, she absolutely loved it. She watched it like fifty times. I was just so pleased, I think, because I don’t know if Durham [County] was after or before, but all of that stuff came when I was like, oh, I’m a bad guy, played the bad guy, and I wish I had a face for more family entertainment, that’s part of it too, right?
FF – Right.

LF – I think you can get there. So, it’s still one of my favorite things. I just feel like when I’m on a set with kids, the better part of me comes out. That’s just how it feels. It’s what your kids do to you. That’s what they should do to you.

Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/13596


Paola sent the following message on March 30:

Happily we are locking picture today, working on the music now!! The movie will be done in less than a month, that's what I want and I'll do my best to make it happen!

Thanks for the great update, Paola! Louis plays Antonio in Paola's short film ARTHUR. Read more about ARTHUR in Ferreira Fest 60.


As of our publication date we've had visitors from 99 different countries and 502 individual regions here on Planet Earth (sorry, the Flag Counter doesn't calculate extraterrestrial visitors, but we're pretty sure we're a big hit on the planets in the Vega system).

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Yes, a Vega is a rocket, and the company just won a prestigious contract to launch a classified  satellite for the Peruvian military. Go Vega!

Click on the news item to read more!
Many many special thanks to Casey for doing all the transcripts in this issue of Ferreira Fest! It's truly been a tour de force this time!

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