Ferreira Fest 69

Published September 2015.

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Fall is here, and with it comes another great Ferreira Fest party where we celebrate the acting career of Louis Ferreira and the latest news of his charities and friends every month on the 20th. We have so much good stuff this time - exciting charity reports, new roles to look forward to, our exclusive Reading Series and a fantastic interview with veteran actor Eugene Lipinski! Grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail of your choice at our virtual bar and come on in!

Ability Online

This infographic sums up everything the site offers quite well!

Louis gets a shout out as the new Ability Online Cyber Dad on the Disability Network page!

Ability Online Making History Event
"You’re invited to join us for a historic evening of great food, big laughs and inspiration.
We all know that laughter is the best medicine, and with Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath as our celebrity guests for the evening, the laughter is a given. While you stroll through history in the Dinosaurs and Mammals Galleries at the ROM, you’ll be tempted by tasty morsels, including some from Chef Keith Hoare, a winner of Chopped Canada, Season One. Keith will be available for Q&A and autographs. And, to add to the excitement, we’ll be selling mini dinosaur eggs. And every egg wins a prize. Family and supporting families is one of the many things that makes Ability Online special, so children of all ages and abilities are welcome."

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
at The Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

Get your tickets online, or read more about it!
If you can't make it please consider making a donation in lieu of a ticket purchase. Click on the banner below. Everything you give goes directly to programs for kids.

Project Limelight
Tuesday Night Live

Last Month's TNL event raised $500 for Project Limelight!

The next TNL will be September 22nd at the Lux Lounge at 7pm. Find out who the storytellers will be on their Facebook Events Page.

Is Vancouver just a tad to far away? Never fear! You can purchase a "pretend ticket" for the event by making a donation. Click on the logo below!


The Good Neighbours Club
Hearing Screenings at GNC

From the GNC Facebook Page: "As many of you may know, one of the many barriers our men face is access to medical professionals. Once a week an Audiologist performs hearing tests on-site and facilitates access to affordable hearing aids. To date in 2015, they have completed 74 hearing tests, identified 26 members needing aids and secured 7 hearing aids."

The Good Neighbours Club appeared in the United Way Toronto & York Region's campaign video.

And the epic renovations at the GNC Headquarters continue...
The GNC kitchen freezer gave up the ghost
in the middle of summer, so a mobile replacement had to be hauled in...
... but at least the new elevator is almost ready! After some 4 months without an elevator this is cause for celebration!
Please help GNC finish the renovations before the winter comes - every penny helps! Click on the banner below for an easy and secure donations process.


The Children's Aid Foundation
Upcoming Events
October 18th - ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge

"ATTN: Runners/Walkers. #TeamHope needs your support at the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Join us on Sunday, October 18 in the marathon/half-marathon/5K in support of Canada's most vulnerable kids - OR make a donation to those already participating. Stay active and have a great time doing it."

CAFDN had its 16th Annual Recognition Night honoring CAFDN's scholarship recipients.
There are lots of photos and videos on their social media sites. An awesome star-studded event with great performances, too!

You can find the latest newsletter "The Buzz" right here.

HSBC Bank is providing funding to provide educational support for 3,000 current and former youth in care. Only 30% of young people involved in the child welfare system graduated high school last year, compared to 88% of youth not in care. There is great need to support these children! Please help out if you can by making a contribution - however small - to The Children's Aid Foundation by clicking on the banner below.


Louis has been nominated for the UBCP Award for Best Actor!

The Union of British Columbia Performers has its awards ceremony in late Fall; this year the event will be on November 7th at the Vancouver Playhouse.

The Vancouver Sun has a report about the nominations.


The Romeo Section

Louis has filmed an episode of The Romeo Section which also stars one of his best friends, Eugene Lipinski. He will film five more episodes early next year when principal photography for MOTIVE has wrapped.

Keep your fingers crossed that the series gets picked up in the US!

The Romeo Section also gets a shout-out on Buzzfeed.com as one of the 22 shows every Canadian needs in their life!

Saving Goola

Louis voiced the character of Peanut the Monkey in this animated feature a few years ago, and it has been released in Asia. Originally titled "Goola City" it seems to have been renamed "Saving Goola", and some sources call it "Adventures on Bubble Island". Perhaps one of our friends from China or Southeast Asia could report in (email now!) and confirm the release?

Here is the Official Website. Check out the still of a top hat wearing Peanut lying on a hammock (click right to 3rd image).

Text/Tabs on Top:
  • 1st = Character Summaries
  • 2nd = News
  • 3rd = Video Files (The trailer looks like a rough cut with some voice and song missing).
  • 4th = Audio Files
  • 5th = Games (don't work very well)

 The trailer has been posted in two places - and you will recognize Louis instantly!
on YouTube:

These videos are Vickie-approved!

Our junior member Vickie loves this!
on Vimeo:

saving goola from NAAGAA on Vimeo.


20 Moves

In the summer of 2014 Louis filmed a documentary about the Rubik's Cube called 20 Moves. The show aired on the Canadian Biography Channel in July of this year. Stay tuned for more info!

Meanwhile, here's some spiffy animated cover art and a short animation.


This month we're thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with veteran actor Eugene Lipinski. He and Louis have been friends for about 20 years, ever since they worked together on the movie Boozecan. This Fall they've been able to work together on both The Romeo Section and Troy Mundle's Ghost Unit.

We'll let Louis introduce his friend.

Listen to the sound clip here:

"Folks, say hello to one of my closest, dearest buddies, Eugene Lipinski, my brother – I love this man with all my heart. He’s literally a living miracle. I love this man through and through. He’s an example of everything that I believe in; someone who has persevered and has taken his pain and his struggle and has learned to use it to serve others through his gifts.
I feel very very blessed to have this man in my life and I’m sure you will all enjoy his interview."

Click here to listen to the interview:

FF – Hi Eugene, this is Bea, I’m so happy to have you at Ferreira Fest today. We’re so glad to be talking to you this evening. And welcome!
EL – Thank you, thank you Bea. It’s nice to be here, nice to talk to you all the way on opposite ends of the country.
FF – It’s exciting! So, let’s start with something really simple here. Who is Eugene Lipinski and what gets you up in the morning?
EL – Well, at the moment what’s getting me up is I’m working on a new show here in Vancouver, which is where I’m staying at the moment, called The Romeo Section. A great show, it’s by a Canadian guy, Chris Haddock who’s done shows like Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall and Intelligence. So this is his new show and it’s loosely based around the heroin drug trade between Vancouver and Hong Kong.

Louis and Eugene in The Romeo Section
So that’s what’s getting me up these days. And I get up, I exercise, try to get to the Y as much as I can and just go like that. Get up and go!
FF – That sounds great. Now, looking at the body of your work, you’ve played so many different roles, in movies and TV shows, but mostly you get to play the deliciously evil guys that you just love to hate.
EL – Yeah.
FF – And a lot of them seem to be Russians. So what kind of characters are your personal true passion? And is there a kind of character that you would just love to play some day?

Eugene Lipinski in DaVinci's City Hall
EL – Oh, okay. I do love playing bad guys, I have to be honest. It’s good for me because my personality is quite soft. I have a softer personality, I’m not really that aggressive in my real life. Sometimes people say I’m a little too soft. But when I’m playing these nasty bad guys, it seems to fulfill me. It seems to balance me out.
I like to play them and often they’re intelligent as well, so they’re not thugs.
FF – Right.
EL – So when I play a bad guy, he’s usually a bad guy who’s big, because I am big, I’m like six foot one and two hundred pounds. But they’re also thinking bad guys which is what I love, I love doing it. It’s either bad guys or priests or something.
FF – Yeah. Is this kind of typecasting you think more a blessing or a curse for you? Or a little bit of both?

Eugene Lipinski as Abe Slaney in Sherlock Holmes: The Dancing Men
EL – I think it’s good. I understand what the entertainment industry is all about and it’s really a business. When I first left drama school in 1976 or whenever it was, there were more roles, and you were allowed to act, capital “A C T”, they would throw a wig on you or a hump or a fake nose, and so we were really given more opportunity to “act”. But then as I got older and I started doing basically film and TV, I am typecast, and people say, oh, you’re always playing the same role. But well, there are different types of bad guys, and for me, it beats digging a ditch.
FF – Yes, certainly. As long as you get to do what you love. What’s not to love about that? That’s great.
EL – Yeah.
FF – When did you get bitten by “The Bug”? Was it the thrill of playing that tree in eighth grade?
EL – Yeah. How do you know about that?
FF – You did that CO-OP interview at Christmas, last year. Remember that?
EL – Oh yeah.
FF – I was in correspondence with the people at CO-OP Radio and they allowed us to do a complete transcript of that interview and it’s in Ferreira Fest 61. And so, we all know about the tree in eighth grade.
EL – Yeah, no, it was that, and then I went straight to the careers counsellor and I said, I’ll be an actor. And I got to join the Regina Little Theatre and I did all the plays like Christmas Carol and there was a man here called Louis Riel and we did a play about him. And then, What the Butler Saw and all these great Samuel French’s dramas, and then I was lucky enough to become an apprentice at the Globe Theatre which was run by two people who had trained in England. And then they convinced me that I should go to England because I was born there anyway so I didn’t have to worry about any papers.
And then I went to study at the Drama Studio and also at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. And the first ten years of my career was just basically stage work. I worked a lot with Steven Berkoff and I worked in the West End and stuff like that.
So, it was nice, and I got to be a proper actor. That’s how it all happened for me. But it all started with the tree.
FF – When you started out and also during your on-stage career, who were your mentors during that time?  Are some of them still your mentors? Who helped you along the way?
EL – Some of the teachers that we had were amazing. For example, Sir John Gielgud would come to our school and teach.
FF – Oh my god, are you kidding?
EL – Yeah.
FF – Wow.
EL – Yeah. And then when I was at the National Theatre, there was an Irish actor called Stephen Rea and he helped me along as well. And then I got hooked up with this amazing guy called Steven Berkoff. He was trained by Jacques Lecoq in France and he does a very physical form of theater. I was involved with him and then I was involved with a Polish guy called Jerzy Grotowski.
FF – Oh my god! Are you kidding me?
EL – Yeah. I’m Polish. Yeah, so I met him. And I was in a theater company called Triple Action and we did, that’s the style of work we did was the Grotowski style of work.
FF – Yeah, wow.
EL – Yeah, so that was really good.

EL – I’m older, I’m fifty-eight. I know Stephen Rea is still alive, but most of the people that taught me, or came to our school, have passed away. In my early times, I worked with Alec Guinness, do you know who he is?
FF – Yes! Wow, what a pedigree, my god.
EL – Yeah. I mean, I was with him in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People, the original John Le Carré. And in Smiley’s People, I played his bodyguard, Nicky De Silsky. So I got to know him well.
FF – Yeah.
EL – You wouldn’t believe the names I’ve worked with, like Harrison Ford, and Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep; and I love directors, like my favorite all-time director is Nicolas Roeg, he’s a British director. And I worked with [Jerzy] Scolimowski as well. I did a film with Jeremy Irons called Moonlighting. I’ve been so, so lucky. Like in my apartment I’ve got photos of… I’m just looking at a photo of, right now, I was in The Empire Strikes Back.
Eugene Lipinski with Dennis Hopper

FF – Right.
EL – You know, the original Star Wars. And I’ve got a picture of Mark Hamill sitting with Irvin Kershner, the director, and John Morton’s in it and Chris Malcolm and I’m in it and Denis Lawson, he’s a Scottish actor, he’s in it, we’re all sitting around having a script consult.
I don’t have much in terms of wealth and things like that, but I feel very blessed. I feel very rich. My memories are huge. I hear from people that I’m well respected. So, I feel very strongly about actors being public servants.
I feel that I had a vocational calling to become an actor and serve the public. I like being of service to people. And I believe through my work I am being of service to people who have to truly work hard, and when they come home, they can put their feet up and watch a bit of telly or whatever.
So I feel I’m doing something worthwhile. And I believe that being an actor in this day and age is a very, very important job.
FF – Do you yourself have an interest in mentoring and passing on that guidance that you’ve got from your mentors as you’ve gone through the years of your career?
EL – I do, I do. I started to try to teach a little bit and I help young actors with auditions and if they’re poor and don’t have any money I said, well, if you get the job you can pay me. I don’t make much money doing it, or hardly any. I like doing that and people always come up to me on the set; the other day I was on set and they were going “Hey man, how long have you been doing this?”
And I go, “Since 1976.”
And they go, “Oh wow, will you teach me some stuff?”
So I try to help like that if I can, and, it’s a great job.
The thing of it is, I had to stop acting, which I guess it was about two and a half years, I’ve just started coming back to it now.
I had been in London, and I was trying to rush home from the airport and I needed to go to the washroom and I came running through my house and I have all these hardwood floors and I have a little rug in front of the bathroom which I’d forgotten about and, because it was dark, and I hit this rug at high speed and I landed on my chin and I actually broke my neck.
FF – Oh my goodness.
EL – Yeah, and I had a spinal cord injury and I was paralyzed for some time and at one point they didn’t think I’d ever be able to walk again. And I was at this amazing rehab hospital called G.F. Strong, so… My mobility is still slightly limited, but I’m getting improvement all the time, I can walk and I can do most things. On really good days you can hardly tell at all.
I keep working really hard on the physio and it’s paying off because I’m getting improvements all the time.
I’m so grateful to be working. You wouldn’t even believe it, but I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do this work again. And it was frightening.
FF – Yeah. We’re such fragile creatures, really, if you think about it. One slip and it could all be over. And it’s amazing how our bodies are able to heal themselves, every once in a while.
EL – Yeah, yeah. If the body hasn’t been pushed to the part of where it’s irreparable damage then, like, my surgeon said to me – “Eugene, you had an incomplete injury. You have as much chance recovering as you have not recovering.”
FF – Right.
EL – He said it’s just how things are going to fall. “Just work really hard and don’t have too high expectations. But just know that everything you do is for the benefit of your recovery.” So, that’s the attitude I’ve taken with that.
The man that I’m working for, Chris Haddock, he’s a wonderful man, and he hired me about ten years ago to do a show called Intelligence, up here. And then after we did the pilot for that and then he hired me to do another show called Da Vinci’s City Hall.
And, yeah, so when he called me in for this and I went and I did the audition and he was there, and the guy, the director, Stephen Surjik, he works a lot in the States, they were sitting there at the table and I walked in and I saw them and it just brought me down memory lane and I just started weeping.
I said to them, "I’m sorry that I’m crying but this is very emotional for me. I didn’t honestly think I’d ever see you guys in a professional situation again."
FF – In Romeo Section, is that a regular or a recurring character on the show, do you know?
EL – Yeah, I’m a regular character, yeah. Up here we have CSIS, I know down… you guys have FBI, and the CIA and the DEA and all that, but our intelligence gathering organization is called CSIS. And that’s my character, he works for them.
FF – Right.
EL – There’s a lot of American shows being made; I was on Fringe for five years. And then I did the first two seasons of Arrow. And then in season two when I broke my neck they had to let me go because I was the head of the Russian mafia, of course. They were so nice to me, but I just couldn’t fulfill that role anymore. My function was pretty limited. But when now I got to talking about it, I realize how much I’ve improved in just two years.
FF – Right, right.
EL – The other thing I did while I was recovering was, have you ever heard of the online video game The World of Warcraft?
FF – Yes I have, yeah.
EL – So, they did a movie up here, Duncan Jones, who’s David Bowie’s son, directed it. I played a guy, he’s called a mage, it’s like a wizard. So that was kind of fun. I think it’s coming out in December 2016 or something. It was a huge CGI film, our set was all green screen. The special effects are going to be just amazing.
FF – Yeah.
EL – The actor has three tools: imagination, our bodies, and our voice.
FF – Exactly.
EL – So, those are our three tools that we have. But I find that so many actors don’t use their imagination that much and I guess I was trained that way, but I’m a big one on imagination. You’re not exactly in a park, like I’m working on some scenes from Zoo Story right now, Edward Albee’s play.
FF – Oh, I love that. Oh, that’s a great play.
EL – Okay, let’s pretend we’re in a park, so I do this warmup and try to get them to talk about the trees and the warm sunny [day], because if you can, what do they say, if you can conceive and believe you can achieve, or something like that.
FF – Well, and others can see too. You can help others see that by seeing it yourself.  – So now I want to come back to that CO-OP radio interview real quick for a second. In that radio show we got to see quite a different side of you. Not just the actor, but also other stuff that you’re involved in. Apart from acting, what are some of the things that you enjoy doing, personally?
EL – Oh, okay, well, before my injury, I used to be really physically fit. I love riding my bike around, there’s a park here called Stanley Park, and I like to go golfing and skiing and did like the teaching when, even if you’re on a show, you don’t work every day.
It must be the Eastern European work ethic that I got from my mom and dad because, oh, I just love to work every day. I had another job, as well, as a sampler of grain. I would go to the ports here and I would take samples of lentils or flax or wheat or whatever, and then send it to our lab and then they would inform the buyer what quality of grain they were getting.
I was working right on the docks and I loved that. Because I loved being on the water and I loved meeting all the longshoremen, really cool guys. And I made some nice friends, and when I was in the hospital, it was amazing, so I had actors come to visit me, I had longshoremen, they’re all rough, like that…

photo by Louis Ferreira
And then I do the teaching, and then sometimes I go and help at the Native Friendship center. And Louis Ferreira and I, we went and sometimes they put on plays, and we go there. They just like to have professional actors come and give their five cents’ worth. So I do that.
Yeah, and I go to England a lot because I have family there. And I like to go to Hawaii, to Kaua’i.
I love traveling. I really have traveled all around the world. That’s just, I guess, how I fill my time. I don’t get too bored or too lonely. I’m glad to entertain myself. But I’m a good cook because my mom taught me well.
FF – Fantastic.
EL – I can sew my own buttons on my shirt, so that’s cool. I’m self-sufficient.
FF – That’s wonderful. What a great thing to be able to say!
EL – Yeah. Yeah. In fact, I don’t even like going out to restaurants that much because I’m such a good cook that if the food is not at least as good as I can make it then I get angry.
FF – I hear you. –  Everybody keeps asking you, I’m sure, about Indiana Jones and Star Wars and the big parts but are there any smaller things that you’ve done that you are particularly proud of that nobody ever asks you about and you wish they did?
EL – Yeah. I used to do a lot of little independent movies. I did a movie, I don’t know if you can even get it, it’s just a two-hander, it’s me and an actor, I think he’s American actually, he’s called John Bourgeois, and it’s called Maximum Capacity. And basically the story is about these two men who are having their day in court.
My son and the other guy’s daughter were dating and my son was drunk, in the movie, and got into a car accident, and the daughter died. So then they’re in court. So what happens is, they get stuck in the elevator together.
So you know how in all elevators it says “maximum capacity”, right? These two are stuck in this elevator, and it’s just how they figure out that both of them are the losers here.
FF – Yeah, yeah.
EL – This guy lost his daughter and me, my part, I’m gonna probably lose my son who’ll go into prison for what he’s done. And then these two men, after this really gut-wrenching time, and then they finally get the elevator to open and, they’re not friends, but they acknowledge that it’s a tragedy all around for everybody. I really, really love that film and that’s one of the things that I really am proud of.
You know what’s becoming really popular up here is these web-series. The actors are doing them, so I’ve done one already called Paranormal Solutions which is sort of a comedy, and then…


Louis Ferreira, Eugene Lipinski, Troy Mundle

EL – Did you interview Troy?
FF – Yes. And he was actually just last month, he was with us. So I’m so excited you’re on Ghost Unit, right?
EL – Ghost Unit. Yeah. So Louis and I are both gonna be in Ghost Unit. Yeah. So, the first time we worked together was, I think it was in the eighties, we did this film together called Boozecan.

FF – Yeah. Do you have any memories of working with Louis on that film? Since we’re talking  about Louis right now?
EL – Yeah, yeah. No, I did, I just remembered that he reminded me a lot of Sylvester Stallone, young Sylvester Stallone. And I remembered that he always used to keep his head down, right? I used to say to him, “Look up, man, look up! People might get bored with the top of your head. Look up man, so we can see your face.”
FF – Yeah.
EL – Actually, I gotta be honest, I love that movie.
FF – I absolutely adore it. I’ve watched it so many times, and it still hits me like a fist between the eyes every time I watch it. It’s just so heart-breaking but the scenes to me feel so natural, it’s not even like watching a movie, in many ways.
EL – Yeah. One part of it that I really love is, you know that bit when I catch my girlfriend and, he’s a boy, but, you know…

FF – Yeah.
EL – So I’m, I straddling him, and I just came up with that stuff and I go, you know where chop suey comes from?
FF – I know, yeah, yeah, yeah.
EL – He goes, China. I go, nope, United States. And you know where tulips come from? Oh, nope. Turkey. I don’t know why but I just had in my mind that I wanted to explain to him that things are never what they seem.

Eugene Lipinski and Andrew Miller in Boozecan
I actually loved working with Nicholas Campbell, he was the director. I’ve worked with him a lot as an actor and he directed that and he directed some of the Da Vinci show and he directed some of the Intelligence shows.
He and I are very good friends, but we don’t hang around with each other any more now  because he’s in Toronto and I’m here, but yeah, I think he’s very talented. I think he did a great job, the DOP, I forgot his first name, but he made Toronto look so beautiful in that movie.
FF – Even your character, Braston, he’s obviously a very mean and twisted guy, but he’s not a hundred percent, like you said, he’s an interesting bad guy because we do get to see that he has the mother in the nursing home, and that difficult situation at home and then, the lover that lives in this oddly empty apartment with the sandbox.
EL – I know.
FF – It’s just so fascinating and he’s like obviously the antagonist here, but you can’t help but feel for him as well.

Eugene Lipinski in Boozecan
EL – You know that’s what I mean about your physicality works for you and it works not for you, I’m not going to say against you. But the great thing about being a character actor, there’s always five or six character actors but there’s always only maybe one or two leading men, right?
FF – Right.
EL – So I’m sure Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise or whatever, they think, oh, wow, we’re really limited to the roles we can play. There’s advantages and disadvantages of everything.
Given how I look and my upbringing and all this kind of stuff, because I come from a really, really working class family, from East End Regina, you know, I’m probably the only one of my group who’s still alive. Most of them got involved in bad things.
The theatre saved my life. The theatre saved my life because I was going down a very bad path, you know how you do, when you’re an immigrant in the east end of anywhere. But the theatre saved my life. It introduced me to broad-minded people, thinkers and the exciting lives they had. And there were even judges that were involved in the Regina theatre.
FF – Just the fact, like you said, broad minded people and the fact that the theater world, or the arts world in general, tends to be very accepting of other-thinkers because that’s what’s valued.
EL – Yeah.
FF – If you think differently and if you think in different ways and you come up with new ways of looking at things, that’s what’s valued there. And that’s not necessarily so in industry where being steady and being the same and being consistent is more what’s being valued.
It’s a very different outlook on life if you think of it that way. And meeting people who think differently than you yourself do, and then having that valued, really does open up your mind as well.
EL – Yeah.
FF – It’s really quite fantastic.
EL – They’re not judgmental. There’s a great saying that goes: “Never exercise contempt prior to investigation.
FF – Oh, oh, that’s good.
EL – Yeah.
FF – I like that, that’s excellent. That’s a good one! Eugene, we’re at the end of the interview here.
EL – Okay.
FF – And here comes the difficult question that all of our interview guests get to answer: if you could describe Louis in four words, what would they be?
EL – Okay. Passionate. Let’s say compassionate. Very generous. And very loyal.
FF – Those are fantastic words, Eugene, thank you so much.
EL – Thank you so much, Bea, thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure.
FF – And I really enjoyed having you here tonight and hope to keep track of what you’re doing and best of luck with Romeo Section. And we’ll see where your next adventure takes you.
EL – Thank you so much, Bea. Lovely to meet you on the telephone.
FF – We’ll talk to you soon.
EL – Yeah, come to Vancouver, come to Vancouver!
FF – All right, we will, thanks again, Eugene, and good night.
EL – Good night.

Thanks to Casey for the transcript!

Season 4 of MOTIVE starts filming tomorrow, September 21. We look forward to all kinds of goodies in the adventures of the MOTIVE gang. Sadly, there are currently no plans to air any more episodes in the US but we'll keep you updated on DVD releases in other countries.

Meanwhile, a rather well-made video is making the rounds, claiming that "Vancouver never plays itself". Evidently the filmmakers have ignored MOTIVE which never hides the fact that it is shot and takes place in Vancouver!

Even so, the short video is an amazing collection of movies and TV shows that were filmed in Vancouver but take place elsewhere. Watch it to spot some familiar MOTIVE locations!


We have a number of photos from the recent filming of Ghost Unit - thanks to Troy Mundle for sharing!

Aleks Paunovic, Louis Ferreira, Zak Santiago and Eugene Lipinski  chill out between takes of Ghost Unit

A little beat up - but propped up by Louis Ferreira and
Eugene Lipinski Troy Mundle's life isn't so bad.
Louis Ferreira with Eugene Lipinski, Aleks Paunivic and Zak Santiago between takes of Ghost Unit on Labor Day weekend.
Louis with Zak Santiago and special guest star Rusty Pipe
during the filming of Ghost Unit.

Louis shared this beautiful photo of Vancouver in August:

And here's Louis, hanging out with Billie the bulldog earlier this month...



In honor of Louis' UBCP nomination for Best Actor we have 704 screencaps from the final episode of Season 3 "A Problem Like Maria", which ends as a cliffhanger for our intrepid Detective Oscar Vega. Please be advised that these images contain major spoilers at the end!

Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/10430



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:

You can listen to the book readings on the Reading Series Page.
Here is this month's chapter.

Listen to the sound clip here:

Chapter 31: Think possibility

Every few months Munchie disappears for several days. Once I went searching for him, and found him at a house down the road, trying to romance a German shepherd. The little guy reached no higher than the big lady’s knee, but that didn’t stop him.

At least he tried.

Troy Mundle

Ghost Unit
Logline - Two former black ops government operatives lead a privately funded elite team in a fight against a violent international crime syndicate.

That's a Wrap on the Demo!
From troymundle.com:
I’d like to send out a BIG shout out and thanks to everyone who helped make the Ghost Unit shoot a success! The footage looks fantastic and we’re looking very forward to having a trailer out for you as soon as possible. What’s next? We’re pitching this as an hour dramatic, so, it’s putting together the paperwork and package to present to the Networks. Keep your fingers crossed – We’d all love to get everyone back to shoot the pilot episode! - See more at: http://www.troymundle.com/#sthash.ZyAApOEy.dpuf
I’d like to send out a BIG shout out and thanks to everyone who helped make the Ghost Unit shoot a success! The footage looks fantastic and we’re looking very forward to having a trailer out for you as soon as possible. What’s next? We’re pitching this as an hour dramatic, so, it’s putting together the paperwork and package to present to the Networks. Keep your fingers crossed – We’d all love to get everyone back to shoot the pilot episode! 

Zak Santiago, Aleks Paunovic and Louis Ferreira shoot a scene from Ghost Unit.
Troy Mundle hanging upside down while finishing a stunt. Eugene Lipinski is in the background.
Single and Dating in Vancouver
SaDinVan is an Official Selection for the 2015 Miami Web Fest. Congrats to all involved, both cast and crew! The festival runs September 25th through October 4th, 2015.

Patrick Gilmore

No Men Beyond This Point

Patrick's latest independent film is making huge waves at film festivals.
Follow No Men Beyond This Point on Twitter for tons of updates, photos, links to reviews and much more - the feed is updated constantly so you won't miss a thing!
There are a ton of photos on their Facebook Page as well.
And Patrick himself has been posting photos and updates on his Twitter Feed.

Here's a TIFF preview by TheIntestinalFortitude.com and a review by The Excalibur.

No Men Beyond This Point is also an Official Selection for the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Scheduled screenings are on September 26th and October 2nd - click here for screening times and locations!

And then watch the trailer right here!

Incidentally, our friend Peter Kelamis is in this film as well as Exodus Man.

Sunflower Hour
The mockumentary will be part of the Canada Cool Comedy Hour. - "The newly-minted tour will travel through the States with Canadian comedies and classics."

You can catch it September 23rd & 24th at New York's Cinema Village. If that's too far to travel you can also watch it on iTunes.

Don't forget to follow Patrick on Twitter and visit Patrick's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira!

Alex Appel

Alex is on Instagram! Check out her latest posts at @tortyfly, and visit Alex' Page here at The Friens of Louis Ferreira.
Eric Banerd

Eric's band The Wild Romantics has exciting news to share:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are very excited to announce the title track of our upcoming debut EP "She Could Tell", coming out September 14th!"

The track is available on Sound Cloud.
Eric writes:  "I am working on a new play in class. We have finally found a location to shoot our short film - we will be shooting on November 9 and 10th!"

Congrats, Eric! We look forward to the new short film!

Eric recently had dinner with Louis and his friend Jacquie.


Justin Chance

Chance has secured a music video deal! News from his Facebook Page:

"Just signed my first music video deal for my upcoming single "GLOCK" which is slated for release in October. Will keep you updated."

Chance has also posted two new poems - click on the thumbnails to view them full size.
Adults only, please!

Jennifer Spence

Down River
The full-length feature starring Jen is now available on iTunes! Jen was understandably excited about it.
The Adept
Jen's latest short film is making the festival rounds with great success.

It is a Raindance Film Festival Official Selection - Screenings will be held September 27th and October 3rd in London.

The Adept is also a FirstGlance Film Festival Official Selection. The festival runs October 23rd - 25th in Philadelphia, the screening schedule has not been posted yet so be sure to check back!

And lastly, The Adept was also chosen as a Seattle Shorts Film Festival Official Selection, where it will screen on November 14th at 1pm in the SIFF Film Center.

Rob Munic
News about the Season Premiere for Rob's current series Empire is all over the place. The series just racked up several Emmy Awards! Season 2 starts up on Wednesday September 23rd on Fox - check your local listings for air times.

Listen to "Ain't About the Money", the full track from the Season 2 trailer.
Rob shared some photos with his colleagues from Empire:

Peter Kelamis

Peter has several new IMDB Listings -  Peter's Page has been updated accordingly

He will perform at Blanket BC's "Decade of Warmth Celebration" fundraiser on October 23rd in New Westminster. Purchase your tickets securely online right here!

Peter will also appear at the YYComedy Festival at Calgary's Plaza Theatre on October 16th. Click here for tickets and more info!
Peter is an absolute must-see storyteller. His vocal impersonations are spot-on and will leave you in stitches. Don't miss out if he's anywhere near your area!
Here's Peter in the studio recording a My Little Pony episode with his fellow voice cast members.
Peter was a featured guest at Dragon Con 2015 where he was also the MC for the Stargate Masquerade. He posted a vast number of photos every day - be sure to check out his Twitter Feed for lots of hilarious moments from the con!
Best Destiny model ever!
Peter and Agi  
Peter and Bea
Bradley Stryker

Nightfire, the movie that Bradley traveled to Italy for earlier this year has been nominated for the 2015 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Gordon Willis Heritage Awards in the Undergraduate category.

Their Indiegogo campaign has kicked off and runs through October 4th.


Peter Kelamis' little dog Marylyn passed away two weeks ago. Here is his Twitter post:

  Sage Brocklebank, mastermind of FYA - Fulfilling Young Artists has published his own web page. Check it out at http://www.sagebrocklebank.com

  The Friends of Louis Ferreira donated an autographed and framed photo of Louis as Col. Everett Young from Stargate Universe to the 2015 Don S. Davis Memorial Charity Auction at Dragon Con on Labor Day weekend. The autograph fetched $70 in the auction which altogether raised $16,000 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

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