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, including information on DVD purchases, please visit the See The Film page.

For news and press, please see below.

If you are interested in booking a screening or speaking event with filmmaker, please email tonya@homeiceproductions.com for options and information. 

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!

  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, tells their stories in The Home Road documentary film.


NEWS

May 2018 - Notes:

Ray Shevenell, the trekker, and I are looking forward to summer and fall travels and events with the film!  We'll be in Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Waldo and York Counties and we're working on more! If you're interested in a film screening plus discussion/Q&A in your local theater, library, historical society or other community setting, please be in touch! The Contact page has all the communication information. Thank you!

April 2018 - Notes:

I'm excited to be part of the Emerge Film Festival in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday afternoon, April 28th at 1 pm as a contributor on one of the Making It In Maine Filmmaker panels! To learn more about the Film Festival and for a schedule of events, visit the website at Emerge!

Spring 2018 - Join Tonya and Ray for live screening and discussion events at the following locations!

Tuesday, March 20 - Wells Library, Wells ME 6 pm

Monday, March 26 - University of Maine at Farmington - 7 pm Lincoln Auditorium in Roberts Learning Center

Friday, April 6 - L.L. Bean, Freeport ME 7 pm Camping Atrium

For a list of prior screening events and locations, please scroll down to bottom of page.  For more 2018 screening events, visit See The Film page.

Winter 2018 - The Home Road will be on Maine Public Television in February! Tune in on Thursday evening, February 1st at 10 pm or Saturday morning, February 3rd at 11 am to watch the film in its entirety (76 minutes). Thank you to Maine Public Community Films for the good news!

PRESS

TV: 

Kim Block from WGME in Portland, Maine met with Tonya and Ray in downtown Biddeford's Shevenell Park and produced a story for her "Making A Difference" segment. Check out the video of our time together HERE!  Thank you Kim and Nate! 

It was a pleasure to be part of News Center Maine's popular program, 207, joining hosts Rob Caldwell and Amanda Hill - live! - to talk about The Home Road! See the segment HERE.  

NEWSPAPER:

"Filmmaker Brings 'Home' To Biddeford" by Mainely Media reporter, Grant McPherson.  Read the front page article and story in the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier HERE

"The Home Road: A Cape Elizabeth man retraces the journey of his pioneering great-great grandfather" by Marta Girouard. Read the article on page 7 of the Cape Courier HERE.

REVIEWS:

From Le Forum, published by the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine at Orono - Winter 2018 edition (Vol 39, No.4) Review by Patrick Lacroix  Read the review by visiting the link and scrolling down to page 41 HERE.

From the Lincoln County News. "Portland filmmaker's 'The Home Road' Celebrates Migration, Tenacity" Review by Christine LaPado-Breglia.  Read the review HERE.

BLOG Mention: 

Thank you, Tanya Sheehan of Colby College, for including The Home Road in a Photography & Migration blog series post, published by Fotomuseum, Winterthur Switzerland. Read the story HERE


Recent screening and discussion events:

Thank you to these venues and their wonderful audiences!

Railroad Square Cinema, sponsored by Colby College's Photography & Migration Project, Waterville Maine www.railroadsquarecinema.com

McArthur Public Library, Biddeford Maine - 6 pm  www.mcarthurlibrary.org

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson Hall, Gardiner Maine 6 pm : www.johnsonhall.org

West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH 2 pm  www.actonenh.org

Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta ME 2 pm  www.lcct.org

Colonial Theatre, Belfast, ME 6:30 pm  This event benefits the Penobscot Marine Museum's wonderful Photo Archives www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org

Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, ME 6 pm www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org

Gendron Franco Center, Lewiston ME 3 pm.   www.francocenter.org


Film Production Archive from Summer, 2015:  

From Sunday, May 31st through Friday, June 12th, 2015, 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..

  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!