The Home Road - Documentary film

A 74-year-old Maine man retraces the journey of his pioneering, 19-year-old great-great-grandfather, who left his home in Canada in 1845.

For all the ways to see the film, please visit the See The Film page.

For film progress notes and blog, please visit the NOW page!

NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2017 - Maine & NH friends, tune into WCSH6/WLBZ2 popular program, 207, on Tuesday night, September 19th at 7 pm as Tonya joins Rob Caldwell - live! - to talk about The Home Road!

August 2017 - I am very happy to announce that DVDs are available, and each order includes two bonus items!  For information, please visit my web store by clicking HERE. If you'd prefer to watch online, there are rent and buy options available at Reelhouse! You can link to watch the film online HERE.

Official film release screening events are listed below. Please check back for information and updates, or please sign up below to receive occasional emails with updates on this film and other news from me/Home Ice Productions. Thank you for visiting The Home Road!  Tonya

Upcoming screening events:  

Saturday, September 23 - Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta ME 2 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info at: www.lcct.org

Thursday, October 12 - Engine, Biddeford ME 6:30 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets on sale HERE

Tuesday, November 14 - Screening and filmmaker/trekker discussion in Cape Elizabeth, ME 6 pm Details coming soon!

Recent screening and Q&A events: Thank you to these venues and their wonderful audiences!

Thursday, June 8 - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford Maine - 6 pm. FYI: Limited seating. Free and open to public. With filmmaker Q&A afterwards.

Friday, July 14 - Tillotson Center, Colebrook NH - 7 pm.  www.tillotsoncenter.org

Friday, July 21 - Center Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft Maine - 7 pm   www.centertheatre.org

Tuesday, August 15 - Deertrees Theatre, Harrison Maine 7:30 pm  www.deertrees-theatre.org  

Thursday, August 24 - Frontier, Brunswick Maine - 7:30 pm.  www.explorefrontier.com

Friday, August 25 - St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland Maine - 7 pm.  www.stlawrencearts.org

Friday, September 15 - Johnson Hall, Gardiner Maine 6 pm Tickets/info at: www.johnsonhall.org

Sunday, September 17 - West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH 2 pm Tickets on sale at www.actonenh.org

PRESS:

Thank you, Colby College, Railroad Square Cinema and audience for a special preview screening event on April 4th! Thank you, Tanya Sheehan, for including The Home Road in a recent Photography & Migration blog series post, published by Fotomuseum, Winterthur Switzerland. Read the story HERE

Sept 5, 2017 - Kim Block from WGME in Portland, Maine met with Tonya and Ray in Shevenell Park and produced a wonderful story that aired on September 5th! Check out the video of our time together HERE!  Thank you Kim and Nate! 

June 8,2017 - Mainely Media reporter, Grant McPherson, did interviews with Tonya and Ray Shevenell in advance of the first Biddeford screening of The Home Road. Read the front page article and stories HERE

 

In the Spring of 1845, 19 year-old Israel Shevenell set out on foot from his home in Compton, Quebec to find work.

In the Spring of 1845, 19 year-old Israel Shevenell set out on foot from his home in Compton, Quebec to find work.

He found it as a brickmaker in Biddeford, Maine, nearly 200 miles away. He became the city's first permanent French-Canadian settler. Photo courtesy of McArthur Public Library.

He found it as a brickmaker in Biddeford, Maine, nearly 200 miles away. He became the city's first permanent French-Canadian settler. Photo courtesy of McArthur Public Library.

In 2015, his great-great grandson, Ray, retraced his pioneering steps.  His great-great-great granddaughter, Tonya, is telling their stories.

In 2015, his great-great grandson, Ray, retraced his pioneering steps.  His great-great-great granddaughter, Tonya, is telling their stories.


April 2017: The Home Road is almost complete! The running time of the film is 76 minutes. Finishing touches are ongoing this spring and the film will be available for purchase on DVD, available for pay-for-view online (information on websites coming soon) and if you'd like to see it on a bigger screen, there will be many screening/screening plus Q&A-discussion events throughout Northern New England this summer and fall and beyond. Thank you for following along on this journey!


Production News from Summer, 2015:  

From Sunday, May 31st through Friday, June 12th, Ray Shevenell walked 188 miles from the rolling countrysides and tree farms of Quebec's Eastern Townships and the Coaticook River Valley, through the majestic White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, through western Maine woods, to a city by the ocean where Israel Shevenell made home. 

To get a sense for the experience along the trek..


 
Click on this image to see the Tumblr blog of 2015's ancestral trek!

Click on this image to see the Tumblr blog of 2015's ancestral trek!


St. Joseph's Cemetery - Biddeford, Maine. Winter 2014

St. Joseph's Cemetery - Biddeford, Maine. Winter 2014

Researching the Past

Israel Shevenell made additional trips back to his home in Quebec, convincing his parents and siblings to move to Biddeford. 

 

Scouting a Western Maine section of the Trail. Fall 2014

Scouting a Western Maine section of the Trail. Fall 2014

Exploring the Present

Ray Shevenell turns up a lot of turf walking and weeding (a zest for hiking and agriculture runs through the family!) around his passion for trains. 

 

The Heart of Biddeford organization has done beautiful work to help reimagine great public spaces.

The Heart of Biddeford organization has done beautiful work to help reimagine great public spaces.

IMAGINING THE FUTURE

Tonya Shevenell looks forward to producing her first documentary film this year and to bringing discoveries made along the way to big and little screens!