Ferreira Fest 70

Published October 2015.

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Another 20th of the month rolls around and with it another great party at Ferreira Fest! We have an absolutely fantastic interview with Mika McKinnon, as well as photos, screen caps, news and updates. So grab your favorite pineapple-themed cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in as we celebrate the acting career of Louis Ferreira and the endeavors of his friends!

Ability Online

Ability Gives handed out 149 grants; this means $300,000 worth of equipment to make the lives of disabled kids easier. You can designate your donations to go specifically to equipment purchases - your money will directly benefit a child who desperately needs some highly specialized means to get around.

Ability Online's Making History Event is happening on Wednesday November 11th, 2015 at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Read more about it on their website, their Twitter feed and the Events Page! Catch a Sneak Peek of some Dinosaur Egg Prizes that will be available at the event - from Dyson to Godiva with much more to come!

If you have a special needs child in your life who could use a bunch of online buddies please send them to http://www.abilityonline.org/ - they're having a membership drive right now and lots of kids and young adults from all over the world are waiting to connect with your kid!

#bestcyberdad - Louis is now online at http://www.abilityonline.org/, chatting away with members and mentors. As the organization's first Cyber Dad he's breaking new ground every day!

And of course you can make a general donation anytime - just click on the logo below to get started!


Project Limelight

The latest Tuesday Night Live event featured none other than Bradley Stryker, one of our first friends!
Bradley Stryker tells his story
Bradley and Luvia Petersen
The TNL September Panel
The next Project Limelight TNL fundraiser will be October 27th at 7pm at Lux Lounge. The Storytellers will soon be announced here.

In the meantime you can purchase a virtual ticket by simply making a donation - just click on the logo below - your money will go towards training young Vancouverites in the performing arts. Many of them are at-risk youth, so your pennies can literally save lives!


The Good Neighbours' Club
GNC has posted new pictures of their facilities and their members at the Club on their website. Check out the marvelous opportunities the club offers to elder homeless men!

They held their Annual Hockey Night on October 7th. The club opened in the evening so the men could watch the game
together and enjoy pizza, pop, and chips.
Housing Services (from the GNC Facebook Page)
"Did you know that our one part-time housing worker has in less than 8 months secured housing for 20 of our men? That's almost 11% of all the the new men joining GNC thus far in 2015. Additionally, with the aid of other staff and volunteers we have enabled our older and senior men to live safely in apartments of their own or in a boarding home environment and prevented evictions by landlords. We also work tirelessly with community partners to obtain and maintain housing that allows our elder men to live with dignity and independence."

Winter Coats Needed
"With the onset of the cooler weather, the members of The Good Neighbours' Club are in need of good quality used winter coats. Please ask your friends, neighbours and relatives if they have some older winter coats they would like to donate. Our members would be very appreciative. Thanks very much for your consideration of this request."

As the colder seasons arrive in the Northern hemisphere please think about those less fortunate than you who don't have a warm place to sleep tonight. Click on the logo below - every donation helps, no matter how small.


The Children's Aid Foundation

"On behalf of the Children's Aid Foundation and the 20,352 children and youth we helped last year, thank you for your continued and valued support. You are making a lasting and profound difference in the lives of Canada's most vulnerable youth."

CAFDN reminds us that October is Child Abuse Prevention Month. You, too, can help!

Here is a new video about young Adults leaving the Foster Care system as they're transitioning into adulthood - one of the most difficult times of disadvantaged youth.

Helping Youth Leaving Care (A Children's Aid Foundation Video) from Children's Aid Foundation on Vimeo.

Vulnerable young people transitioning out of foster care have a difficult time finding secure safe and affordable housing. The Children's Aid Foundation wants to give them the coaching support they desperately need in order to achieve stability and success in life.

Upcoming Events
November 28th - 29th Annual Teddy Bear Affair

For much more info please check out the monthly newsletter The Buzz. And then click on the logo below to help a kid who's had a rough life and needs an extra hand to succeed. Sometimes it's a simple as money for a new learning aid. You can make it happen!


MOTIVE has started with principal photography for Season 4! Read more at Broadcaster Magazine.

The official Bell Media press release contains a honkin' big spoiler about Oscar Vega's role in the new season, so please proceed with caution! Of course if spoilers is what you live for, go right ahead and read the CTV press release as well. And if you live in the US you probably want to read it because until the show is released on DVD in another country you won't get a chance to watch it anyway... You have been warned, though.
Lauren Holly has time on her hands as she commutes between Toronto and Vancouver, so she likes to make Flipagram movies. Here's one that includes a few shots of Oscar Vega and Betty Rogers who, as we learned in the Season 3 cliffhanger, have gotten very close.
Sabi G has posted some fanart of the MOTIVE gang on Twitter; be sure to click on the thumbnail and send her some feedback! If you have any Louis-related fanart that you'd like to share please send it to ferreira_fest@louisferreira.org


Sometimes it takes just weeks to line up an interview with one of Louis' friends, and sometimes it takes years of scheduling and coordination. We're so happy that we finally managed to connect with Mika McKinnon, science consultant on Stargate Universe and a good friend of Louis.

We'll let Louis introduce Mika. Listen to the sound clip here:
LF – Well, meet Mika, everyone. I first met Mika on Stargate when they brought her in as the science consultant. I, myself, am not very science-y, so, beyond the fact that she was this beautiful woman, inside and out, she could then put calculations on a board that would rival Einstein.

And I just sat there in awe as she’d be constantly correcting herself and mistakes, as if any of us would ever have a clue that what she was possibly doing, was, in any way, could be somehow wrong. It just was beyond impressive in every way.

She was kind enough to help me with my son’s tutoring for a while. And she would come over to the house and tutor him and was exceptional in every way. And I am so, so grateful to her, and that wonderful time we spent together. So that’s my Mika.

And so, without much further ado, here's Mika McKinnon!
Listen to the sound clip here:
FF – Hi Mika, this is Bea, and we’re so happy to have you at Ferreira Fest this evening. Welcome!

MM – Thank you very much. I’m happy to be here.

FF – Well, let’s start with something really simple. Who is Mika McKinnon, and what gets you up in the morning?  
MM – It’s going to sound a little funny, but I really am fairly science obsessed where it permeates everything that I do to the point where I really am a scientist. Who am I? I’m a scientist. I’m a very overly enthusiastic scientist.

FF – I read on your website in various places that you call yourself an irrepressible educator, which seems to say, “OUTREACH” in big, bold letters. So, what are some of the activities that you do to follow that passion?

MM – So, part of that is by working in the film industry. I am a science consultant. So anytime there are people who want to create a new show, and they want to have some element of science in it, I am so happy to teach them enough that they can come up with interesting plots and then take it and run with it. And it isn’t about having perfect accuracy in the shows, it’s about having something inspired by science, inspired by this crazy, weird world around us.

photo by Dorien Gunnels
And then the opportunity to go to conventions because of that, and talk to people about these shows and to be able to answer their crazy questions like, “What about the aerodynamics of dragonflies?” or “Can you tell me about perchlorates on Mars?” and just be like, “Wherever your interests take you, let’s engage with that and see what we can figure out!”
I do a lot of work with natural disasters in particular because if you know more about how the disasters work, then you are less likely to get in trouble from them.

FF – What exactly do you do with that? Is that also educational? In that you educate people about disasters? Or what, how does that work?
MM – So, what I am a complete specialist in -- I’m a Master of Disaster in -- is landslides. So, when landslides are small, they’re really simple and easy to explain. It’s like a block sliding down a slope and you can go, “Oh, that chunk of rock is going to fall down and it’s going to end up over there.” And the answer is, just don’t be there when it lands. Perfect.
But when they get too big -- when they get over a half million cubic meters is the technical cut-off -- they start acting really strangely. They move faster and farther than we think they should. So I did a lot of research into trying to understand why that happens, and got completely stuck. It’s too big of a question.

photo by Mat Fournier

photo by Mat Fournier
So I went, okay, I don’t care about why it happens. I just want to be able to predict where it’s going to happen. How far, how deep, how fast things will go. So we can say, “Look at that hillside! That whole hillside is going to come down. It’s too big to stop it; let’s not put the hospital down there in the run-out zone.”
So I did a lot of research into that, and then made the tools more easily accessible and affordable so that something like a small town could actually afford to do this type of hazard assessment.

FF – Right. So something like Mt. St. Helens is like totally down your alley, right?

MM – Yes. Or the Oso landslide -- the Steelhead landslide -- that happened in Washington last year?

FF – Right.
MM – So something like that. Looking at that landslide and going, “It’s too big to keep it from happening. But if we could afford it, could we predict where it was going to go so that we didn’t have this town at risk from it?”

FF – Right, right. Being an educator, one would assume that mentoring, and especially  educating, mentoring other people is in your genes. Let’s talk a little bit about who your mentors were, and who are you indebted to, in getting your interest in mentoring and getting that passion for outreach and education.

MM – Oh, I am so greedy! Every time I see someone doing something interesting I snuggle up next to them and ask, “So how did you start doing this? What can you teach me? Show me your magical ways!”

I had an amazing high school physics teacher. One of our final exam projects was that we had to design a tiny rocket and predict its trajectory, and then blast it off and try and get it to go between the goal posts on the football field.

FF – Oh god.

MM – That was my final exam for the class.

FF – That sounds great.

MM – And my midterm exam involved designing and building a guitar. So it was a very, very practical, hands-on class. It was amazing.

photo by Dorien Gunnels

When I was in high school I did something called the Summer Science Program which is when high school kids on their summer break track near-Earth objects. So, asteroids that could crash into the planet and kill us all. And we do actual hardcore, serious research, and then submit that to the global database. So it’s real observations that are actually used by scientists to keep us all from dying.
And my TA there, Amy Barr, was somebody who taught me a lot about what did it mean to actually do science. We’ve actually stayed in touch. I was talking to her this summer because it turns out when all this Pluto stuff was happening, she was one of these names that kept popping up as an expert. And so I went chasing her down again and went, “Teach me! Teach me about collisions, and sub-surface oceans, and how on earth Pluto could possibly be an active planet. Because I’m confused!”

FF – Oh, that’s awesome.
FF – So, it’s always nice when you run into those people and you feel like, oh, this is really somebody I want to learn from.
MM – Oh yeah. Once on the set of Stargate I had the opportunity to meet both Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and they were fantastically supportive and interesting. And we hit up Martian perchlorates -- I’m telling you, the geochemistry of Mars is fascinating to everybody! And getting tangled in that and then taking Neil and asking him, “So, what is your life like as a public scientist? How is this a career? How did you pull this together? How did it start? What are the things you wish you’d done differently?”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Martin Gero and Mika McKinnon
photo by Joseph Mallozzi

That was an amazing opportunity that I’m so grateful that I had that chance to have.

FF – That’s great. You’ve just mentioned Stargate. People probably ask you a lot about the big ones, in capital letters there, like Stargate, or your work on io9, but tell us maybe something about your lesser known jobs that you’re truly proud of.

photo by Alyssa Hooge
MM – So, for a while I worked as a field geophysicist. I like describing a field geophysicist as being a mix between MacGyver and a James Bond villain.

Because what you do is, you get into a helicopter and you fly off to somewhere remote and you unload all of your equipment, and I’m talking like 200-400 pounds of gear; it’s an obscene amount of equipment.
And you strew all this equipment out in the wilderness, and it all gets rained on, and it all breaks. You’re trying to fix all of this delicate electronic equipment with whatever you’ve got stuck in your pocket.
[It’s] like the Discworld witches, where you try and stash interesting things in your pockets! It’s like, “Oh, I’ve got electrical tape, and dental floss, and a light bulb… I can use this to make a voltmeter!” And totally channeling the MacGyver part of that.

Then you have to do geophysics. That’s the science of you’re up here at the surface, and you want to know what’s under the surface, but it’s really expensive and difficult to actually go look yourself.

photo by Alyssa Hooge

with a handful of dynamite

So instead you do something to provoke the planet. You blow it up. You zap it with 2,400 volts of electricity. You do something, and you see how that signal propagates through the Earth and then use that to make this inversion map. So you have the answer and you need questions.

It’s very Douglas Adams: “Forty-two is the answer, what is the question?”

FF – What’s the question?!
MM – That’s what geophysics is in a nutshell! So, doing that type of work, I love doing it because you had no one else but what you had with you to rely on. You had no internet, you had no ability to call your boss. If you got out there and you did the survey and something didn’t work, you had to change and adapt and figure it out and make it work.

FF – Problem solving is something that you really love doing.

photo by Joseph Henderson McCance
Electric cable munched on by a grizzly bear
MM – It was very, very, very fun. And it was all sorts of things like, there was one day it turned out that my signal was having problems because a grizzly bear had decided that my wires were all nice and cozy on a rainy day, so it kept cuddling into my injection point where I was pouring electricity into the Earth.

FF – Oh no!
MM – I was trying to figure out first of all what my problem is: I’m measuring the resistance of a grizzly bear instead of the planet. 
Those two things are not equivalent. And second, how do you convince a grizzly bear, very politely, very nicely, that maybe they don’t want to stay there anymore. And would they just mind wandering away again? When you’re doing an induced polarization survey, you’re pouring electricity in a positive direction, then negative, [then] positive. And what you’re really looking for is how it changes at the transitions. It should make beautiful little squares. You actually look at the corners to see how it doesn’t quite shape right.
And I was noticing I was getting shark fins instead of squares. They were just full on, big, long, curving things.

FF – Right, right, right.

MM – That’s not right. This is way too conductive.

FF – Somebody please move the grizzly bear!

MM – Exactly! Could you just, you know, nudge on down line?

FF – Oh, that sounds fantastic. What fun, though. You never know what’s coming up. What are some of the projects that you’re currently working on?
photo by Polly Smith

MM – So, at the moment I’m just about to head down to Florida where I’m going to go on a shark tagging expedition with some students out of the University of Miami. And then I’m going to go to TimeLord Fest which is a Doctor Who convention in Tampa.

After that I head down to Ecuador where they’ve got a volcano attempting to erupt near Quito. So I’m going there kind of as a… I don’t want to call it disaster tour because I desperately hope that it does not erupt and that nobody dies.
But I’m not technically working while I’m down there, I just suspect I’ll end up working if I get close enough.

[After that, the] science communication community has decided that they’re going to hold their first-ever West Coast writer’s retreat and I’m going to go to that and present at a writer’s workshop on how do you communicate science effectively in the written format.

FF – Oh, that sounds great. Ooh, I’d be so interested…

MM – That’s my next month and a half.

FF – Wow. In a month and a half, all that.

MM – Yes!

FF – Tell us a little bit about what your job on Stargate Universe was. And most of us have seen your work, probably through Stargate Universe because Louis was in it. So, what specifically...
photo by Christopher di Armani

MM – Everybody knows my handwriting.

FF – Yeah, so what specifically did you do for that?

MM – So, I’m a science consultant for Stargate, and when this first started, that meant I was just everybody’s handwriting. So when you have your genius scientists up at the whiteboard problem solving they can’t sit up there and go, “Oh, I’m stumped by Force = Mass x Acceleration”  because then we’re going to be really quite disappointed that they can’t get past high school physics.

But it also can’t be complete gibberish, because we’ve got a lot of people who know some science. So it needs to be recognizable, related to the plot. We can’t have random rocket equations when we’re talking about oxygen supply!

And yet it needs to be complicated enough to be a worthy challenge of our heroes. So that was what I was doing. But the more I worked on the show, that job evolved. So in the beginning, it was just “be their handwriting”, that’s it.

Mika with Martin Wood
photo by Andras Bagoly
But then it later became this thing where they had an on-set scientist, we’d chat, and I might be a particularly enthusiastic person, so when people would ask about my equations up on the boards, I’d teach them about them. And the writers would wander by, and then they’d start asking me science questions and go, “Oh! Okay, so, we’ve got this problem where the air is running out, what geology could they go looking for in order to fix this problem?”

Or, my favorite was when we had an astronomical Big Baddie: the universe needs to try and kill everybody every twenty-two minutes. And the original idea was, “Let’s just have a really, really, really slow pulsar.” But the problem with that is if you’ve got a pulsar that’s spinning that slowly so that beams only come by every twenty-two minutes -- that’s forty-four minutes for it to go all the way around -- then the electric field you’re generating is going to be about as dangerous as if somebody took the kitchen magnets off the fridge and did cartwheels with them in their hand.

Yes, it generates a field, but it’s not one anyone is going to notice, much less kill everybody. It was this chance of, “Okay, so how can I change this, just a little bit, to make the science plausible without changing any of the plot and maybe impacting two lines of dialogue as subtly as possible? Keep everything the same but fix that problem.”

That particular case, we ended up having a feeder star that was on a big orbit. We had a pulsar that was right on the critical mass of whether or not it was pulsing. And every time the feeder star came by, it would up that mass just a tiny little bit and pulse, pulse, pulse, pulse, pulse, and then the feeder star would pull out of reach again and the pulsar would be starved and turn off again. So it was actually an uncountable number of pulses were just happening in microseconds.

FF – Right, right. Yeah, I remember that episode, it was the cliffhanger, too, at the end of season one.

MM – Yes!

FF – Yeah. So that particular astronomical phenomenon was your work?

MM – Yes. And it’s something we’ve never seen it in real life, we’ve never found a system like that, but there’s also no reason why one could not exist.

FF – Exactly, I was just going to say that it hasn’t been proven that it doesn’t exist, because how do you prove a negative?

MM – Yeah. There are things that are implausible and there are things that are like time travel is at this point: impossible, but you can also make up rules for it and go, “Okay, so how do we apply these consistently?”

If this one thing were true, what would all the consequences of it be? That’s my favorite part of working on fiction. You get those little moments where you go, “All right, let’s play with science! Let’s say, if this is true, then what?”
Stargate was unusual in that they hired a science consultant and then kept them for several years. There was one before me. It was my friend Steven Conboy, but he met a pretty girl and a telescope in South America, and between the two of them, he disappeared. Telescopes, you just can’t resist them.

photo by Andras Bagoly

So I started working there instead, and then I stayed. Because it was just the two of us [and] I had all of Steven’s notes, that meant that we could keep consistent science between, not just all of Stargate: Universe, which was my baby, but also on Stargate: Atlantis, where we have the specific type of traversable wormhole that we’re using and what rules of time travel we’re using, so that we can keep these things between episodes the same. And it was really, really fun with Stargate: Universe because I was given a chunk of a set to work with, Rush’s Crazy Hall.

FF – Right.
MM – [In the Crazy Hall], I could leave clues -- Easter eggs -- to future episodes because I knew what was coming, and go, “Okay, so what types of problems are we going to encounter in them?”

FF – Oh.

MM – Or in the episode where Rush is trying to decrypt how to use the chair and we’re flashing back to him at university teaching a cryptography class?

FF – Right.

MM – There’s real cryptography in that episode where if you go through and start looking in the background, and this is your particular passion and you love breaking codes, there are codes there you can break and get a clue for how that episode is going to end.

FF – Oh, that’s so cool!
MM – [That kind of experience is] something that you can’t get if you just have a science consultant who does one episode and then disappears and never comes back again. There are a couple of television shows that do that, but Stargate was very unusual for doing it.
We got to the point where the others in the Props department had a notebook that I made. “Oh, so you unexpectedly needed a set of equations and you didn’t have me on set that day? Okay, so here’s your notebook. Use the scenes from this page all together, they’re all right, and this will be consistent, and stay within our world of science, and will make sense.” They were labeled for what types of problems they could be used with. It was like the Cheater’s Guide to the Science of Stargate.

FF – Oh, perfect, perfect. I love that. Man, I would love to have that book! So, talking about Stargate: Universe, was that where you met Louis? Or had you met him before?

MM – Nope, that was where I first met him. Before I ever saw him on set working, I met his son who was visiting set and asked me about our equations. And Louis walked up to us while we were discussing the beginning and end of the universe. It was pretty fantastic.

FF – Do you have any memories of observing him work or working with him or, I mean, since he’s not the scientist, obviously, he was the military dude so he probably didn’t have too much to do with your signs, but were you able to observe him work, or work on a scene with him?

MM – Yes. Pretty much any time that Rush and the Colonel were arguing about things in a room filled with science equations I would be there. It was always amazing to me how quickly he can flip. He’s got a grim character -- the Colonel is serious and almost angry -- yet as soon as the camera stops rolling, he’s all laughter and friendliness, and just switches right there. He’s incredible.

FF – Here’s a question that all of our interview guests get to answer – if you could describe Louis in four words, what would they be?

MM – That is a tough question. Irrepressible. Irascible. Those are a couple of “ir” words there simultaneously. Spontaneous. And gentle.

FF – Those are fantastic words, Mika. Thank you so much. It was great. We’re almost at the end here so please tell us a little bit about how people can keep up with you online or over social media. And let us know again when your next public appearance at a con or whatnot is, where people can go and make personal contact.

MM – Absolutely!

I write every single day on space.io9.com, writing about pretty much any aspect of our physical universe.

I am very active on Twitter as @MikaMcKinnon. And also on Facebook under the same name although I’m less active there.

I am next heading to TimeLord Fest on October 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. And then, after that my next convention is going to be Dragon Con in Atlanta, my home base that I go to every single year.

FF – Well, we’ll see you there again. Thank you so much, Mika, for your time and for your expertise and that wonderful unique insight into science in science fiction.

MM – Thank you so much for having me! It’s been totally fun and I always love the opportunity to help out Louis, he’s been so good to me.

FF – Thank you so much, we’ll talk to you soon.
Thanks to Casey for the transcript!
All photos by Mika McKinnon unless credited otherwise.

Please be sure to visit Mika McKinnon's Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira for more awesome photos and a bonus sound clip!

Troy Mundle shares a still from Ghost Unit!

And yes, that's our friend Eugene Lipinski in the middle!

(click on the images for direct links to the Tweets)
Louis posted a greeting for the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday:
A Happy Sunday tweet from Louis from last weekend:
An inspirational tweet:
 And, of course, Billie the bulldog:


To honor Mika McKinnon's love of the Great Outdoors we have 263 screencaps of the Star Trek Voyager episode "Once Upon A Time", where Louis played - you guessed it - a talking tree named Trevis.

Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/10166



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 32: Howl at the moon

Pick a goal that is beyond your limits, then sing to it.

You may get it.

Even if you don’t, you’ll have fun singing.



Eugene Lipinski

Eugene's new series The Romeo Section premiered last week on CBC. The IMDb listing on Eugene's Page has been updated with new episode titles.

You can read two reviews of the pilot at TV-eh and The Globe and Mail.

Louis and Eugene watched with a bunch of friends and they all loved it! Here's to hoping that other networks will pick up the show soon!
And more good news: Eugene will be on an episode of MOTIVE with Louis this season!

Troy Mundle

Troy Mundle has a new IMDb listing:
The Bridge
Logline - When Molly Allen finds out that The Bridge, a beloved bookstore back in her hometown of Franklin, TN, is in jeopardy along with the bookstore's owner, she returns to help, only to come face to face with her old flame.
Troy writes on his website:"
Over the last couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to work on a new Hallmark Christmas movie slated for release just in time for the upcoming Holidays this December. I was ecstatic to work on a Christmas production as I’ve wanted to do so for quite some time. Under the direction of Mike Rohl (IMDB), The Bridge, is a two-part MOW adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s best selling novel of the same name. More details to follow. - See more at: http://www.troymundle.com/2015/10/the-bridge-part-2/#sthash.VMoVRZvo.dpuf
Over the last couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to work on a new Hallmark Christmas movie slated for release just in time for the upcoming Holidays this December. I was ecstatic to work on a Christmas production as I’ve wanted to do so for quite some time. Under the direction of Mike Rohl (IMDB), The Bridge, is a two-part MOW adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s best selling novel of the same name. More details to follow. - See more at: http://www.troymundle.com/2015/10/the-bridge-part-2/#sthash.VMoVRZvo.dpuf
Over the last couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to work on a new Hallmark Christmas movie slated for release just in time for the upcoming Holidays this December. I was ecstatic to work on a Christmas production as I’ve wanted to do so for quite some time. Under the direction of Mike Rohl, The Bridge is a two-part movie of the week adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s best selling novel of the same name. More details to follow."

The movie will air on The Hallmark Channel.

And here are some new stills from the filming of Ghost Unit:

On location for The Bridge

And another whack
for Troy!

Hanging around on
the set of Ghost Unit

A little touch-up... and then
once more unto the breach!
Check out more photos from Ghost Unit on the series Facebook Page!
SADinVAN's Season 2 Crowd Funding Campaign has begun! Want to be in on the fun and dating mayhem? Become a supporter!
Dennis Heaton
Production on Season 4 of Motive has begun. Check out Dennis' Twitter Feed for frequent posts about the goings-on during filming.

Script supervisor Amanda Alexander took this photo of Dennis making a set of blue headphones look good.

PlaybackOnline has an interview with Dennis. Please note you have to be a subscriber to read it. 
Dennis' Wikipedia Page is now fully finished, with notability established. Check it out! And don't miss out on Dennis Heaton's Page.

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore's movie No Men Beyond This Point was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films with a 2016 release date. Congratulations, Team! There is a podcast interview with Director Mark Sawers (the section about No Men Beyond This Point starts at 35:12). And The Westender has a review of the movie here. There's a nice wrap-up of the movie at VIFF here.

No Men Beyond This Point played for sold-out crowds at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). The mockumentary now moves on  to the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) where it will screen November 12th - 14th. Purchase tickets and get more info here.
Here's Patrick being interviewed about his part in No Men Beyond This Point at TIFF:
Question: "How did you prepare for the role?"
Patrick: "I holed myself up with many women."
(Yep. That happened.)

There's a great review of "Even Lambs Have Teeth", one of Patrick's latest projects, at BloodyDisgusting.com.

Eric Banerd

Eric Banerd's band The Wild Romantics have launched their official website. There's lots of good stuff like upcoming show dates, videos, and a blog.

Their debut EP "She Could Tell" has been released. It's available on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Here's a review!
You can rock out with the band and Greg Drummond on Friday October 23rd at The Fox Cabaret in Vancouver. Tickets are available on their website.

And here is Eric (on the left) chilling with his bandmates in front of Bestie's Restaurant!

Justin Chance

Chance has just announced his new single GLOCK which is now available for download at iTunes and Amazon.

On the set of his new music video for "Glock"

A little tired from working in the studio
Jennifer Spence

Jen's latest movie The Adept is an official selection at the First Glance Film Festival and will screen on October 24th at 4pm in the Franklin Theater.

The Adept is also a Seattle Shorts Film Festival Official Selection where it will be screened November 14th at 1pm in the SIFF Film Center.

Ingrid Rogers

Rob Munic made a sweet post about Ingrid and "Dancing Still" on Twitter:

Haven't watched Dancing Still in a while? Click on the Tweet for the link to the movie. Enjoy!

Rob Munic

Rob's new series Empire is killing it in the ratings; according to Deadline.com it is the  "highest-rated entertainment program on broadcast TV". Check your local listings for air times and dates on FOX.
Rob writes on his Facebook Page:
"Several months ago I was very fortunate to be asked to make a one day movie written and starring a group of wildly talented kids living in the foster system in Los Angeles. The final product along with the other films will be unveiled at a festival on November 7th. Tickets are limited. Here is the information."


Peter Kelamis

Peter will appear at the Decade of Warmth Gala on October 23rd in New Westminster BC. Get your tickets here to support this worthy cause!

Peter went to the Emmy Awards this year. Check out Peter's photos on his Twitter feed. And of course he couldn't resist doing his "Monkey" impression at the red carpet. Watch it here!

Peter met up with Patrick Gilmore at VIFF. Despite the grim looks they really are BFFs!!

Bradley Stryker
Bradley was a featured storyteller at Project Limelight's Tuesday Night Live fundraising event last month.
His feature film "Land of Smiles" now has an official poster - find out more on the official website!



Our archivist Margo has uploaded more news articles to our Online Archive. We are trying to preserve those articles before they disappear from cyberspace. Check back often for constant updates!

The Ferreira Building. Honakaa, Hawaii

Deb S shares the following photo:
"There were lots of Portuguese folks that moved to the islands during the early sugar days. I'm sure that the builder of the building was one of them. The ukulele was originally a Portuguese instrument. Ukulele means jumping flea in Hawaiian."
Gene S.
New Music by Sam Hulick

Composer Sam Hulick who wrote and performed the music for Through The Pane has just released a new set of tracks on the album "Otherworldly". You can listen to samples and purchase the tracks at Amazon, iTunes or Bandcamp. If you liked the movie "The Martian" you will love these Mars-inspired pieces which are a brilliant showcase for what a gifted composer can accomplish with advanced synthesizers. Give it a listen!
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