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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 their website 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!

We have an interview with Project Limelight co-founder Donalda Weaver as well as an introduction by Louis himself, and you can read and listen to both on the Project Limelight Page here at The Friends of Louis Ferreira. Please check out the Project Limelight website as well!
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!


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!

You can read and listen to the interview with Sawyer as well as an introduction by Louis on Sawyer’s Page, which also has some of her writing and a family photo album!


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!

Got a question for Louis? Send an email!


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 an exclusive interview with Sage Brocklebank, who together with Patrick Sabongui developed FYA – Fulfilling Young Artists. Read and listen to the interview here.


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 the Season 3 MOTIVE episode 3-05 “The Suicide Tree“.

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

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.

A peek at the camera views during the filming of Motive: Detectives Flynn and Vega. Thanks to Rob LaBelle for posting this gem!

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?

Detective Oscar Vega’s mug on Motive


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!

Eric’s upcoming tour dates and links:

Eric rocking out on drums!

May 1st – 10th – Canadian Music Week, Various Shows, Toronto – The Wild Romantics/ Jodi Pederson
May 14th – The Port Theatre, NanaimoThe 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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!


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 all the book readings on the Reading Series Page.

This month’s reading is chapter 26 of the First Reading Series Are You As Happy As Your Dog?


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!
Warmest,    -Paola

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


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