The Home Road - Documentary film

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

JUNE 2017 - Information on DVD sales and online viewing options coming soon!  They will be available the first week of July. In the meantime, official film release screening events are listed below. Please check back here for information and updates, or please sign up below to receive occasional emails with updates on this film and other news from Home Ice Productions/Tonya Shevenell. Thank you for visiting!

Upcoming screening events:  

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.  With discussion and q&a with filmmaker and trekker afterwards. Tickets/info soon at: www.tillotsoncenter.org

Friday, July 21 - Center Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft Maine - 7 pm  With filmmaker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info soon at www.centertheatre.org

Tuesday, August 15 - Deertrees Theatre, Harrison Maine 7:30 pm Reserve tickets at www.deertrees-theatre.org  Includes lively discussion after film with Tonya, filmmaker, and Ray Shevenell (Dad and 200-mile trekker)

Thursday, August 24 - Frontier, Brunswick Maine - time TBA.  With filmmaker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info soon at: www.explorefrontier.com

Friday, August 25 - St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland Maine - time TBA. With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a. Tickets/info soon at: www.stlawrencearts.org

Friday, September 15 - Johnson Hall, Gardiner Maine 7:30 pm With filmmaker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info soon at: www.johnsonhall.org

Sunday, September 17 - West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH 2 pm With filmmaker discussion/q&a afterwards. FYI: Limited seating. Tickets on sale soon at www.actonenh.org 

NEWS:

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 by clicking here. 

June 8 - 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!