Last night, I took a boat ride with about 15 other festival attendees to an island where a super nice house waited for us, with dinner and drinks. After a few drinks, dinner started and at a very large dining room table, where I sat with Peter Riegert (he actually sat right across from me). Also at the table was director Annie Griffin (Festival), director Steven Lewis Simpson (Retribution) and a cast of others.

The conversation was interesting but at one point, I made mention to a “character actor” and Riegert then asks me, “Aren’t all actors playing a character?” True that (double true), and for a brief second I felt a tad stupid, but what can you. Yes, all actors are playing characters but only a select few are character actors. To me, what earns you that title, is the ability to stand against type casting, by playing roles that are totally different than one prior. But that’s just me.

The Bermuda International Film Festival has been a great ride so far. I have met so many cool people as the environment is much more personal, unlike, say Sundance. Everyone here as been great and I look forward to my last 4 days here.

Took some time away from the cinema today to do some sight-seeing. Dean, an amazing driver for the festival, took me a few other guys around the entire island almost. We saw beautiful houses owned by rich people (even a house that cost 45 million dollars).

Here is me on a beach somewhere in Bermuda. It may look a bit odd, as I am not sure the proper setting of the height and width (Mark, can you help me out with that?).


When the festival is over and I am back in the states, look out for my closing piece on the festival that will have a lot more exciting pictures than that.

Posted on March 22, 2006 in Blogs by

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  1. Don Lewis on Wed, 22nd Mar 2006 10:27 pm 

    You and 15 other atendees went to an island for dinner?? Were there alliances formed?? Who’s getting voted off the festival? Can I have you buff when you get back?

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  2. Mrs. Richey on Thu, 23rd Mar 2006 5:26 pm 

    WOW! I knew you would have fun. I had so much fun when I was there and it was so beautiful. If you find some kickin stainless steel jewelery – pick me up some yo.

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  3. Rory L. Aronsky on Thu, 23rd Mar 2006 11:27 pm 

    Mike, fair warning. Do NOT access “The Shield” thread in the forums until you have seen the latest episode.

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  4. Marilyn Evans on Tue, 4th Apr 2006 6:02 pm 

    Dearest Michael:

    Per chance, you are not a writer, are you?
    Because your little diner with Andre didn’t
    seem too coherent — maybe you were passed having dinner by then, and purely into the drinks?

    I love Peter R. Please convey more of who was there and what the other dinner talk was, and perhaps, whose house you were dining at?



    PS – What do you do for a living that you get invited to the festival?
    What movie should I look for in the coming months that has your stamp on it?

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  5. Marilyn Evans on Tue, 4th Apr 2006 6:04 pm 

    Sorry –past.
    See, even I’m not perfect.

    Peter R. and I have the same b-day.

    Happy Soon B-day to me!

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  6. Michael Ferraro on Fri, 14th Apr 2006 6:16 am 

    Dearest Marilyn,

    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. There really wasn’t much more to tell about the dinner, except for that one “character actor” comment. The rest was just Peter telling stories about working on various films, shows, etc. I didn’t share those because they were the kind of stories you just had to be there to appreciate. And yes, I am indeed a writer of sorts. I write for Film Threat (obviously), as well as other various publications. You can look my name up in the search box on the main page to read my junk.

    I guess if you want to know more, I can tell you. Send an e-mail to Film Threat, and they’ll forward it to me. I’ll get back to you a lot faster than I did here. Happy Birthday.


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