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.
On Friday, January 12th, I am excited to be a part of the Biddeford Maine Historical Society's Fireside Chat series. I'll be talking about my great-great-great-grandfather, Israel Shevenell and French-Canadian migration. Please note that this is not a film screening event, but a great opportunity to learn more about the story of a pioneering immigrant who walked from Canada to find work and built a life and legacy in Biddeford. For more information, visit www.biddefordhistoricalsociety.org
NOVEMBER 2017 - Dad, the trekker, and I are very grateful for the 15 venues that hosted screening events in 2017 and we look forward to an exciting 2018!
SEPTEMBER 2017 - It was a pleasure to be part of WCSH6/WLBZ2's popular program, 207, on Tuesday night, September 19th at 7 pm, joining Rob Caldwell and Amanda Hill - live! - to talk about The Home Road! See the segment HERE.
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
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
Saturday, September 23 - Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta ME 2 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info at: www.lcct.org
Monday, November 13 - Colonial Theatre, Belfast, ME 6:30 pm Screening and filmmaker/trekker discussion. This event benefits the Penobscot Marine Museum's wonderful Photo Archives!
Tuesday, November 14 - Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, ME 6 pm www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org
Sunday, November 19 - Gendron Franco Center, Lewiston ME 3 pm. More Info at www.francocenter.org
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
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..
Visit the Videos page to watch an "essence of" Ray Shevenell's Trek video (imagery with music)
Check out the Portland Press Herald article with map and photos at http://www.pressherald.com/2015/06/12/cape-elizabeth-man-walks-188-miles-from-canada/
Stay tuned for the feature length documentary film, The Home Road! You can sign up to receive emails from Tonya/Home Ice Productions and/or follow along on social sites as the film is in production.
Researching the Past
Israel Shevenell made additional trips back to his home in Quebec, convincing his parents and siblings to move to Biddeford.
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.
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!