Monday, 5 March 2018


Well i guess we've all had this miracle happen - well at least those who get off the couch and into a real living life.

Left Ottawa for Montreal to experience LUMIERE and NUIIT BLANCHE  Saturday a couple day ago and to shoot some image/sound for my drama-documentary BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS.

Came up with a new inclusion to make B.B. slide from a pure Doc. into a dramatic doc with a story line. So HELENE is now a character looking for a 'new life' with some interesting bachelors like she lived before her life changed into seclusion and 'aloneness'

Her first encounter as she travels Canada is with ZOLTAR a gypsey fortune teller and from there she get clues on her life and how to aquire what she wants. ZOLTAR is a fortune telling machine that gives fortunes for money.

So there we are in Montreal and i'm shooting a scene using the background of 'the village' and a large display of Quebec artists mounted in the snow on large blocks of white walls. HELENE talks about her life with Jano both living to the fullest having a great time the years they spent together.

The foootage is good and so we're returning to the van and i'm shooting some cover shots when i hear HELENE yelling after me - there she was calling out, 'It's JANO'

So hugs and excited words and we can hardly believe that after 25 years we found each other again at the exact time i'm shooting a scene where HELENE is talking about her wonderful life living with him in Toronto.

Since when friends meet after decades apart usually the connetion is immediate like no time has past and what amazes me is that JANO recognized us walking on the street like it was yesterday.

He tells us we haven't changed and i can hardly beiieve is since i've been going thru a decade of Cancer treaments with 4 major surgeries, radiaitons, etc .... but he did recognize us immediately.

So it seems that somehow that movemenet of 'getting out there' created a miracle for us and for the movie - we now have a cetral character for the 'new' dramatized story version of BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS - now that's what i call a MONTREAL MIRACLE and certain put a LUMIERE on my life.

All's always well when miracles happen, eh Canada?

Friday, 2 February 2018

LIFE in the CREATIVE LANE - being in Canada dosn't help all that much

Many times i think i may have missed my chance to make 'BIGGER' movies since right now i'm going the other way i.e. 'MINI-MOVIES' and mostly docs with a smattering of dramatic/docs.

Way back when i completed my first feature avant guard drama PLATINUM, i was one of about 30 English Canadian filmakers. Since there's about 30,000 artists and/or photographers being 1 in 30 was an enormous advantage for 'getting out there' getting recognition and cash/help to make another movie.

Back then ( the wonderful 80's ) both Telefilm and NFB were very supportive of anyone that could show some talent and some durability and persistence .. which i could.

Thus i had all their assistance in development and with the NFB in completion - those were my glory days never to be repeated 'cause i was too independent and then along came digital.

digital meant that those first 30 feature filmakers of the mid 80's became 3,000 by the advent of digital and now probably have increased to 30,000 digital videographers.

This has given every TOM, DICK and JANE access to making their personal voice become public and in many cases un-deservingly so... since they really are not very creative and really have little voice to inform the audience of ( love ending my sentences with preps ?? )

But some things never change and when I was ed/;pub of MOTION magazine i tried to get the American domination of our screens to play on a level playing field but it never happened and by looking at the screens i see that it still doesn't happen - there is only modest improvement made by government and private organizations to maket/promote and screen our creative output.

Just look at Netflix or othere 'on line' outlets - they are littered with American domination as always. No matter how far back one goes that's always been the case. Exceptional Canadian film-makers not exit pronto to the HolyWoody of americana for the big bucks and the big blockbusters and even in Quebec that was the foundation of good films no longer has the talent or audience to make it all happen. It all coming apart not coming together

seperate notes from a fool that stayed in Canada::

Nevertheless, digital has made film-making or rather video-making commonplace  instead of artistically and professional unique - like it or not it's a 21st century fact.

When i was ready to get back into it, i had to learn, purchase and develop video/digital skills. I needed my own equipment since i basically do much of the film-making process alone.

First my partner, HELENE LACELLE, and i created several outlets: for some modest publishing/marketing and selling books using the modern 'on line' methods. Then we created MARVELOUS REALISM a style developed from the original Meixican MAGIC REALISM. This style uses traditional photography techniques using digital hardware, software and our newly developed skills. Then along came and away we went.

After fiddling while my mind burned with renewed energy and ideas, i learned quickly that non ficiton was much easier to attain than fiction films/video; so, i made docs.

Long docs were more difficult that short docs; so, i developed 'mini-docs' all under 5min and all about things i knew something about... after all one should so what one knows best.

for anyone who's interested in the outcome please go to our sites and see the reality of my musings...

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

PETER'S article in NB FILM CO-OP Newsletter

NBFC Weekly Friday E-News

January 19, 2018
Header Image 1Peter Evanchuck is busier than ever in 2018. Header Image 2Peter Evanchuck floats his way down the river and into the past.



Well after a long hiatus dealing with my cancer and creating 'real and new' projects with my partner Helene Lacelle, I'm back at the helm of my life despite my Cancer. (going in for 'robotic cyber-knife radiation on my spine in a couple of weeks )
Been having memory problems with FCPro7 since it's a very sophisticated software editing program (yes I'm still using it and not X yet but will probably soon upgrade/change as there are no longer updates for FC Pro 7. I guess age and illness and doing lots of shit doesn't make the memory that agile, at least not mine. )
The question is whether to stay with FC or go with Premier which crosses platforms on Mac and Windows OS.
Anyway, I'm working away on a series of short documentaries because they're cheap to make using digital gear and easier than fiction films that require actors/scripts, etc.
Recently, I completed SOLITUDE, shooting from my kayak with my Panasonic 770 in one hand and my kayak paddle in the other'. Not sure if that qualifies as a 'run and gun' setup or a 'paddle&cam' style of shooting. It's all very fast and easy since I hand hold rather than 'rig a jig.'
SOLITUDE was shot in 3 hours while the Fundy Tide and Spring ice melt raised the water levels on the Salmon River about 8' which made the riverside woods a water wonderland - no earth to be seen.
For us kayakers it was a miracle paddle weaving my way through birches and pines floating on water instead of stepping on earth; unique indeed.
Moments like this make kayaking a true communing with nature event.
For those of us who experience nature in person and, not from our computer screens, the 'feel' of such an experience blossoms our Spiritus Sanctus. It's a religious definition of a miracle lived in reality.
I wish others could realize such experiences and as Archibald Lampman in 'Morning on the Lievre' poetically phrases 'and to experience joy like a child again.'
PS: just completing another short documentary entitled REMNANTS which nostalgically traces the decline of the log river runs down the Salmon River to the mill. Interweaving the past with my present kayak paddle along the shore of the Salmon River documenting the remnants of the old ways from river log jams before they began hauling the logs with tractor trailers. 'ART never SLEEPS'

Here's a link to Peter's article in NB FILM CO-OP Newsletter

Monday, 22 January 2018

HAD a GREAT adventure road trip/shoot for upcoming shows and movies - Toronto was like summer one hand on bike handle other on my pan770 shooting

yeah it's something all creative people should do.

Take off 'get outta Dodge' pronto tonto as often as u can - and get invigorated and get those sleepies outta ya.

RL Stevenson when asked why he travels his answer was simple and real , 'I travel to move.' - shake the foundation of ur lethargy by travelling to new adventures that offer some level of risk - the braver u are the bigger the risk and, i think, the greater the creative rewards.

Well cancer has curbed my great adventures but i still have some reasonable juice left in me to 'get the hell outta Dodge' - now if u don't know that that exprssion means let me enlighten ur old school notions of ur life in the slow lane.

Getting outta Dodge does not mean a place but a mind set. IT means that a creative person has to shake their brain as often as necessary to keep it acitve, alive and functioning at some higher than normal creative level.

so if u're stuck in the muck of ur dull existence don't blame or shame the messanger but look in the mirror and see the culprit.

grab ur keys, grab ur lunch and put a bunch of k's on ur RAV and make some movies....

good luck and enjoy the moment and the 'ALL TIME' of ur life.

adios amigos & amigas

Saturday, 13 January 2018

ya gotta be versatile since ART NEVER SLEEPS and since we live our normal lives and it's follies - the simple life of Candian artists

Well HELENE and I are versatile for sure - yesterday for example we did a CURB UR ENTHUSIASM mmoment.

We had to rebuild our recent side yard fence due to neighbour's roof snow piling up and pushing our fence apart. He put his tarp-shed against his garage directly on his property line and years back he removed his roof clips that hold the snow from sliding down and covering our property - well Larry David would have a field day dealing with neighbour events like that.

Nayway, onward we go with out 'art' recenly being accepted at the Shenkman Gallery in Orleans ( a 'burb of Ottawa ) as well, we have pieces at the ART HOUSE GAllery on Somerset and the Ottawa Gallery locally.

So although thse are 'art pieces' not movies they keep us creative. And with our latest creations MARVELOUS REALISM they actually sell so we get some coin to spend. These are photos of various interesting culture moments in time like the Abandoned Homes of NB and the Blueberry shacks on hwy 7 near Perth. These photos are embellished by Helene using traditional as well as modern photo shop techniques to creat a different 'feel' to the original images.

All very creative and interesting

of course i should mention that i'm creating mini-docs with a historical base i.e. the decline of river log runs on the Salmon River in NB and my kayaking the water flooded woods after the ice melt and the Spring floods of the Salmon RIver. And a group of docs dealing with mental illness, poverty and homelessness.

Today i hope to complete REMNANTS the river loggin mini-doc and move on to PIG GIRL in WONDERLAND which Helene not only is starring in but helping me make it both on camera and production assistant

then tucked away in my archives ihave this novel which i'm turning into a script WHY INJUN JOE KILLED MARY MOTHER OF GOD.

sooooo enough versatiity to keep all of us active and creative and accomplished

p.s. i perhaps should mention that all of this is depsite my lifelong fight with Cancer that has now spread into my spine - last week i went for two biospies the lower spine showed nothing alarming but the upper spine showed spread of my thyroid cancer into my spine and the collapse of vertebrae - so this week i'm off to meet with the neurosurgeon re surgery to reinforce that collapse after my robotic cyber radiation on the affected area.... my upper back still very sore from that upper back biopsie where they used hammer and chisel to get some bone fragments - very sore...

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


well it been a long while since i got back into the Babble with the Rabble of my mindless and mindful thoughts....

well got another emergency call from the General Hospital to attend a meet in 6 hours with the spinal radiation specialist; so, instead of enjoying a moderation of the arctic -30temps that have haunted my outdoor life in Ottawa's Sandy Hill, i had to cancel my ski-out of the day to prep for this meet and jusst went for a one hour hikeAlong the Rideau Riverside.

My thoughts turning to a recent email received from one of my former associates when i produced, cooked for and hosted a Toronto Soup Kitchen at St. George's.

Haven't heard or seen him in a decade or more and receiving his email about his robotic cancer surgery but nothing about how i feel or what state my cancer is at.

Instead he offered his solution which was to write poetry to my Cancer as though it would listen or cause me some relief.

Being an avid lifelong filmaker i sent him my most recent mini-doc called SOLITUDE - shot from my kayak during the water woods of NB i.e. Spring floods produced a 'lakeinthewoods' thus i was able to kayak which a month later would become impossibe since the earth would absorb the water.

It's one of the miracles of daily kayaking most of the year to have this amazing experience. Very meditative and very wonderful kayaking ...... floating thru the woods instead of hiking over them.

To help the viewer experience this meditative miracle i put a Tibetan Bhuddists chant under the image.... and told my former collegue this was my poetry ( he was well aware of my creative filmaking lifestyle . )

Instead of showing any interest in it at all he went into a tirade of ridiculous ways of how to shoot image from my kayak - i would point out that  he's never been in a kayak, never been in NB, never been kayaking in any kind of water source and never shot one inch of film/video footage; thus, he qualifies to be the next PRESIDENT of the KNOWitALL CLUB.

Because the PRESIDENT must know it all and do absolutely nothing about anything....

p.s. i should mention i know or knew many guys those years back who would qualify for the PRESIDENCYof the KNOWitALL club not unlike that idiot who now is President of America .... sad very sad.... he reminded me of the patience I used ot have for such creatures of negativity... and sometimes still tolerate them but not as often mmmm.

Monday, 8 January 2018

All's usually well that continues well ... that's the hook 'an accomplished life'

Well after a long hiatus dealing with my cancer and creating 'real and new' projects with my partner HELENE LACELLE, i'm back at the helm of my life despite my Cancer.

Been having memory problems with FCPro7 since it's a very sophisticated software editing program ( yes i'm still using it and not X yet but will probably soon upgrade/change ... since google no longer updates FCPro7)

The question is whether to stay with FC or go Premier which cross platforms both Mac and Windows OS.

Anyway i'm working away on a series of short docs - 'cause they're cheap to make using digital gear and easier than fiction films that require actors/scripts etc.

Recently i've completed SOLITUDE shooting from my Kayak 'my panasonic 770 in one hand and my kayak paddle in the other' . Not sure if that qualifies as a 'run and gun' setup or a 'paddle&cam' style of shooting. But it's all very fast and very easy since i hand hold rather than 'rig a jig'

SOLITUDE was shot in 3 hours while the Fundy Tide and Spring ice melt raised the water levels on the Salmon River about 8' which made the riverside woods a water wonderland - no earth to be seen.

For we kayakers it was a miracle paddle weaving my way thru birches and pines floating on water instead of stepping on earth - very unique indeed.

Moments like this with make kayaking a true communing with nature event.

For those of us who experience nature 'real' not from our computer screens, the 'feel' of such an experience blossoms our spiritus sanctus.... it's naturally a religious definition of a miracle lived in reality.

I wish others could realize such experiences and as Archibald Lampman in 'Morning on the Lievre' poetically phrases 'and to experience joy like a child again'

p.s. just completing another short doc. REMNANTS which nostalgically traces the decline of the log river runs down the Salmon River to the mill - weaving the past with my present kayak paddle along the shore of the Salmon River documenting the remnants left of the old ways from those riverlogruns before they began hauling the logs with tractor trailers. 'rust never sleeps'

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


ahhh well - it's the CANCER - yes a modern health issue that so many of us have to endure and live with. In my case it's a lifelong problem that can NOT be eradicated so i have to make the best of my life while every 3 months i see the hematologist , the surgeon (4 major surgeries so far), and the oncologist to see if i'm gonna live another 3 months.

Creative work never sleeps, like rust, so the saying goes... and it's that type of work i've been gifted to accomplish.

Lately i've been creating with my life & creative partner, HELENE LACELLE, a series of photographs which we have developed creatively ( sorry for the excessive use of that word ) , the 'magic realism' developed in Mexico caught my attention years back and so using that as a 'muse' HELENE and I developed/created a new type of modern and traditional art form called 'MARVELOUS REALISM'

MARVELOUS REALISM combines my photographs with Helene's traditional art work and her amazing photo-shop embellishments - we've had numerous shows across the country and recently sent some accepted pieces to Venice as well. Sales are reasonable which is another plus indicating the acceptance and interest in our marvelous art work.

Now that long winded opening will get to my movie-making side. The side that inspires me a bit more - nothing wrong with a jpg but a mp4 is still more my love.

Since the cancer has slowed me down making feature length dramas seem to be too much for me these days, but; this is where my docs take over.

With the help of award winning editor, M.C. SARDA(The Fast Runner) and HELENE LACELLE , i accomplished making several longer length docs about a social subjecct close to my heart - mental illness and homelessness : MARKO's MANIA and THE POETRY OF PAYNE.

But even these proved to be difficult as my cancer progressed and an additonal 3 major surgeries/treatments really put me 'out of it' for a while and on my return to creative movie work, I discovered that mini docs on social/nature subjects could be accomplished even in my debilitated condition

Thus out sprang a plethora of mini docs on a variety of social and natural subjects. The latest is SOLITUDE where my love of kayaking and shooting digital image were combined to produce a very interesting 3 minute natural doc proving that 'art never sleeps'

p.s. please go to to see my shorts enjoy.

Peter Evanchuck 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Helene Lacelle, Genevieve Betourne & Peter Evanchuck at the ART HOUSE CAFE

ahhh the snapOFtheCENTURY

here we be 20minutes ago with Genevieve curator/co-owner
of theARThouse
notice art piece behind isn't it MARVELOUS


snap by ALEX (inmirror)

Friday, 24 November 2017

Peter Evanchuck's MARVELOUS OTTAWA Collaboration with Helene Lacelle - XMAS Fundraiser at Ottawa School of Art

we had a pile of art,  on the south walls, west walls and east walls and H’s sculptures on stands . 
that’s me leaning on CATHY BRAKE, curator/coordinator of Gallery - on my first after 5pm. outing in Ottawa for perhaps a year - 

23nov17 opening 5-8p.m. show on 'till 10 Dec.'17
HELENE's got a pile of pieces in from older stuff to just made sculptures
me i got some MarvelousRealism shared with Helene

here's HELENE with her mini sculptures on display/sale
(she did well with last batch of these - has art in the boutique as well)

hope u guys get to do something creative today

photoBY PeterEvanchuck at Ottawa-art-GALLEY 23nov17 XMASartSHOW

Saturday, 21 October 2017


The Venice Vending Machine project is a “collaborative, participatory, inclusive live art public installation”, conceived by Venetian artist Marina Moreno. Its aim is to question the role and the value of Art in our society, whilst aiming to promote emerging artists alongside some famous and established ones. It creates an intriguing game for the participants who feel compelled to enjoin and involve themselves in a dialogue that the artist Marina creates in posing the question:

“How Do You Value Art?”

Since the first Venice Vending Machine installation, it has involved over 250 artists from all over the world and has attracted professionals such as curators, art historians and art collectors while extending the possibility of an encounter with people that normally would not be interested in “Art”.

The Venice Vending Machine Edition 5 will run from the 14th to the 22nd of October 2017 from 11.00 a.m. to 17.30 p.m.
@ the Giardini della Marinaressa (Seychelles Pavillion) Riva dei Sette Martiri Venice
Private view @ Palazzo Mora, Venice on the 14th October time TBC.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

IMAGE ARTICLES - Community Gardening & Adopting Parkette

how sweet it is - bldging fence few days back 80' of it 6' high in 8' secitons - not bad for a guy almost 80 and living with cancer - terribly sore back caused by hole in spine/cancer - hope all goes well today with markings and radiation

here i am a week back in backyard tearing down fence i built 25 years ago and with Helene's help building a new one in 8' sections on the flat then lifitng into place and topping with squared lattice attachement - now all up
including the trellises that i hand make from cedar strips cut from 1x6" by 8' NB cedar boards

great to have learned/developed these building skills - making our homes beautiful with creative designs hand build by HELENE and I - a big deal for us - i.e. it's like 'living art' 

so many people think art is something on a board hanging on a wall but in fact it's in our everyday lives - living among beauty is living among art i.e. aint' that grand folks

ok off the get my cancer radiation markings .... then 5 days of intense radiation - to kill spinal cancer development - hope all goes well and i get at least another 5 years of life

as said in ALICEinWONDERLAND 'so much to do so little time'

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


LIFEofPIE this mornHang
'famouspeople/famousplaces'  &  'ARTneverSLEEPS'
by that dynamic duo

(hippies, dwebs, noodleBOYZ, hipsters, famous people welcome, byob)

photo by Peter Evanchuck - HELENELACELLE & BHATboy at PIE

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chipman MAYOR Atkinson purchases our MARVELOUS ART!

Chipman Mayor Carson Atkinson hold purchased
art piece of LACELLE and EVANCHUCK's
a style that combines the photos of Evanchuck
with the art embellishments of Lacelle
to recreate the 'feel' of the original and make it marvelous

Lacelle holds up Tshirt logo with a twist on a trumpism
'make CHIPMAN great again'

Monday, 24 July 2017


Photo (self timer) of Peter Evanchuck & Helene Lacelle. Peter with some of his film and digital cameras and Helene holding Featherstone's nobel prize winning PIG the two stars of Evanchuck's latest feature CANADIAN PIG GIRL IN WONDERLAND, a musical comedy.

This story also appears in the NB FILM CO-OP WEAKLY NEWSLETTER




After more than a decade absence from my filmmaking life, I returned to create with digital - not easy for me to learn, not easy for me to do much after a decade of fighting my cancer and near death surgeries and problems. Not fun but in many ways a very dramatic learning experience and proves my great affection for creating.

Due to a major decrease in energy, memory and strength and massive changing times old school film folks like me had to give up or learn the ‘new school’ way of digital.

Many filmmakers I knew gave up since they could not learn ‘new school’ or they turned to other creative pursuits like photography, art, writing…. even sculpture. For various reasons they did not see the magnificent opportunity digital offered the low budget/no budget artist/filmmaker/videographer. 

Digital is the holy grail of independent filmmaking. One with equipment can basically make a movie totally alone from script to screen for peanuts. They just have to burrow into learning something very new, very complex and very competitive

In the 80’s I was one of about 30 feature filmmakers in English Canada. PLATINUM came out at the Montreal Film Fest to original reviews since it was not a common way to make a feature or to structure a feature – I found myself with Jutra, Agoyan and MacDonald on panels fielding questions – heady days as the saying goes. Around that same period I was editor/publisher of MOTIONmagazine highlighting Canadian film.

Since dramatic ‘longs’ (features ) were my past interest, I headed in that direction with digital but my illness curbed that notion since long days, exhaustive schedules and dealing with numerous people put me back on the cancer list.

Of course my love of creating using image/words never terminated.

I thought that an easy alternative was docs and even easier is my style of shooting: reality as it shows up on location: no artificial lighting, no scripted scenes, no producers telling me what to do, no agencies involved. Just the creative moments of making/creating ‘art’ …. Raw Art - the best kind.

After doing some promotional/industrial projects to learn and make money, I swung into making LONG docs with BACHELORS. Of course, I overshot my diminished abilities and doing a cross country dramaDOC put me back on the cancer list. Tests revealed a rise in blood count and a lesion was detected in my brain which simply put means, the end of it all.

The lesion proved to be dormant and detected in 2006 during my original scans. The new oncologist had made a mistake.

These experiences put me on a path back to photography with my partner Helene Lacelle creating a new style of embellished photos called MARVELOUS REALISM in a way taking from the famous Mexican style of MAGICAL REALISM – things went very well and we had fun back into our lives as well as unique ‘art creations'.

Then, back to digital movie-making when EUREKA the light went on and I swung into the dreaded SHORT doc. And like most fears proved to me an awakening rather than a hinderance of higher creative workings.

Since both shoulders suffered torn rotator cuffs/tendons and required replacements, I could not lift my CanonA1s so I bought a very light tiny PanLX7 – basically like all modern cameras a still cam with HD video. This proved a great easy tool to make SHORTS without pain then came the PAN770 another full HD camcorder. ( I tried PANfx1000 4K but not for me at this time )

Since that early SHORT on NIAGARA FALLS , I included my love of solo kayaking to combine solo KAYAKING with SOLOdocMAKING recently completing several shorts using both (shot around Chipman our new homesweet)

I have found my grail – from LONGS to SHORTS and Peter's SHORTS are getting shorter ….must be something to do with being an elder mmm??

P.S. after putting BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS on hold Helene and I bought a Featherstone nobel prize winning Plastic PIG for a pack of smokes and thus began CANADIAN PIG GIRL IN WONDERLAND, a new movie - but designed to be shot when i could with minimum actors and marvelous scenery/scenes/places - a sad tale of redemption and discovery of how a girl lost herself and found her voice through her friendship with a pig - starring of course Helene Lacelle.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


On location under the Bank Street Bridge in Ottawa " Canadian Pig Girl in Wonderland " ( Luka Lawford, John Lawford, Sabine Modder (ANGEL OF HOPE) Director Peter Evanchuck, Matt Lawford )

This story also appears in the NEW BRUNSWICK Filmmakers Co-operative 

NBFC Weekly Friday E-News 

well since i last wrote anything lots have happened but what's on my mind lately is how we elders who have never given up , survive and what's the benefit of endurance.

well recently two items have made me 'keep the faith' of creativity in my life.

KEN LOACH's recent feature 'I DANIEL BLAKE' is right at the top of his dramatic skills - putting on screen 'real' people living 'real' lives. Reminds me of the early days in Quebec Cinema and in English Canadian Cinema with features like 'MON ONCLE ANTOINE', 'BAR SALON', 'THE BEST DAMN FIDDLER', 'GOING DOWN THE ROAD' and many others from that era. This is where our documentary tradition overwhelmed our sense of pretending drama into 'real' drama, real tragic events lived by real people - at least in those days that skill was almost normal for so many exceptional directors/filmakers. These features were 'lived' not invented with fake twists and turns catering to an pretend audience.

On that list of 'real' movies with the Canadian documentary 'feel' is Gordon Pinsent's 'THE ROWDYMAN' shot in Newfoundland, Pinsent's home province, near and around his home area of Grand Falls/CornerBrooke. Gordon lived that movie and told the real story not inventing fake news stories as silly some would 'trump' up.

Recently a documentary on Gordon's LIfe by Brigitte Berman 'THE RIVER OF MY DREAMS was screened at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and opened at a few theatres across Canada. It catalogues a actor/writer/director's life and sums up how 'never giving up' has made both Pinsent and Loach ikons of the silver screen.

These two octogenarians not only are surviving old age they are thriving in it creatively despite their health setbacks. 

I DANIEl BLAKE is without doubt one of LOACH's best movies with harsh stories about contemporary British persons facing difficult times in a changing world they they can't manouver well. It's about older age told in such an honest and real manner that the viewer can 'feel' the hardships faced by a recently laid of worker stuggling to find meaning in his 'new' life.

Berman's homage to Pinsent gives us Gordon despite recent hear death experiences the fullness of this man's creative desire never to give up but reaching into his 90's with future hopes and dreams like a river that always flow forever streaming into the ocean of a full life.

All that being said, i have to admit that i've departed from my docs to create a new almost feature length ( formerly short movie ) movie called 'CANADIAN PIG GIRL - in wonderland'  Which i'm shooting digitally like a documentary i.e. real untouched locations, one camera recording a scene no script, no meetings, just going along developing it as we creatively 'feel' what should be added organically. And that's one secret of docMaking putting it together organically - i.e. 'keeping it real'.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

hey guys hope ur sum summer is gooder than good
H&I finally enjoying our humble life style since my cancer shit not pulling me into that dark abyss like last years
seem to be recovering despite that i'm living with cancer in my chest area too large to radiate (  lifetime thing )
anyway fuck it i'm not giving up in the least
back to a modest version of my active lifestyle
yipppeeeee yoooooooo ( CapitanPETE back of WEGU sailboat with small 6hp Evinrude putting away toward grandLAKE )
shooting a short for TIFF - PIGgirl 

Friday, 29 July 2016

NEW BRUNSICK FILM CO-OP article - Peter Evanchuck & Helene Lacelle - PIGGIRL

NBFC Weekly Friday E-News

July 29, 2016
Header Image 1NBFC member Ryan Groom has exciting news to unveil, see below for more details.
Header Image 2NBFC members Peter Evanchuck and Helene Lacelle just finished a new short film. (Photo by Peter Evanchuck)



Just signed my first contract with CBC to produce a documentary called “Maritimes from Above” about landscape aerial videography, the techniques, and regulations behind getting grand vistas with the film industry’s hottest tool, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or what many call drones.
On Saturday, my filming companions (Paul Archer & Jacob Groom) are picking up our international travel buddy Rodney McAffee from the Halifax Airport then driving to Nova Scotia to start filming. After Nova Scotia we head to a few amazing places in New Brunswick in the Sussex area, then to Grand Manan Island. We are just not taking regular aerial shots but flying through gorges, caves, and between massive trees to get unique video with our pair of UAVs.
The documentary will be shot this summer, edited this fall, and will be shown on CBC next summer (2017).
Personality I am nervous and excited (pumped!). I have been learning about broadcast TV thanks to the generous support of Bell Aliant TV1 the last 4 years and now I got a chance to expand the reach and tell a story on CBC taking all the lessons learned from past adventures and wrapping them into an educating and entertaining 45 minutes!
Special thanks to the Silver Wave Film Festival (and ultimately the NB Film Co-op who hosts the festival) in facilitating the first meeting with CBC last fall which lead to the full bloom of this project.
Well … almost time to pack the truck with cameras, drones, coffee, candy, cables, and computers to start an unforgettable road trip with some of my best friends in the whole world — to bring you, Maritimes from Above.
Ryan Groom on location somewhere in the world. 


PigGirl is a new short drama by Peter Evanchuck and Helene Lacelle.
Marshall McCluhan always seemed to be laying down on his leather couch in his office at University of Toronto when I dropped by back in time. He was always looking for an audience to reveal his latest thoughts on pop media. 
Of course his concept of the Global Village has come true with the saturation of digital technology and all it's offspring like youtube, facebook, etc., etc., and the mightiest of all the selfie; that pathetic need we all have to show our stuff, flourished when digital gave it freedom of exposure.
Those of us who use digital to make movies are married to a heavenly SD card - 'because it costs next to nothing, one can learn all they have to learn to make selfie movies - i.e. learn to do all the jobs that used to take ten, now takes one. Well not exactly but, if you really want to make a selfie movie drama or doc. it's now possible and, in fact, rather popular.
I joined that bandwagon quickly when I returned to making movies after a decade hiatus. At first, I went back to the technology I knew and the equipment I had purchased over the years to make feature fiction movies: Arriflex, CP16, Nagra, Senni mics,  Steinbecks, etc. (the CP16 was a layover from my days shooting for the Wide World of Sports. A great simple camera that never fails weights a ton but never fails). That old technology is excellent but tedious for someone prolific and renegade It's just too expensive and, too cumbersome and too slow. Digital is the opposite, it's cheap, light and fast.
Being a solo type guy whose partner is an actor/artist (Helene), it was made for me and, others like me so, buying the new equipment was mandatory.
Armed with relatively good pro/semi pro equipment, I can make all the short docs i want for next to nothing compared to film costs. I still use/hire an excellent editor for the important docs but, for the fun ones I do all the jobs myself with my partner's invaluable assistance.
Cancer having overtaken my extreme lifestyle and made it quieter and more sober, digital's advantages have fallen right into my weakened condition; so cheap, light, fast - despite my cancer allows me to continue to make movies albeit mostly docs which take so little to make. Compared to dramas, they and digital are a perfect match. 
So, PigGirl comes along because our neighbour in Chipman had this pig on his front lawn for years. Helene bought it from him for a pack of smokes. Now I don't need much of a muse to get creating new ideas, scripts, projects. The pig was all I needed and, with Helene's marvelous help PIGGIRL was born and is now in pre-producton.
This will be Helene's entry into drama directing.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


varied locations, from Niagara to Toronto to Kingston to Brockville to Ottawa to Montreal to Trois Rivieres

to Quebec City to Edmonston to Woodstock to Fredericton to Sackville to Alma tp St. Marten

to St John to Moncton to Grand Pre to Joggins to Halifax to Peggy'sCove and

with bucks and lucks to 'the ROCK' i.e. NFLD.

as the girl searches for her voice, she becomes a whisperer -

a pig whisperer - it's the talking pig , BABE, that guides her thru

her trauma into a great new afterlife.

'In thunder, lightening and in rain... they meet again'

photo by peter evanchuck

Sunday, 5 June 2016


Filmmaker Peter Evanchuck on location with bachelor Tony Kelleher in Chipman/shooting for his documentary BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS  (Photo by Helene Lacelle)

In 1939 when John Grierson came from Scotland to start up a Canadian National Documentary organization called The National Film Board of Canada, he along with James Beverage began what would become the Canadian way of making documentaries - the real deal raw, and rugged. Grierson's honesty wasn't anything like the phoney, scripted hogwash or the extreme nonsense of Michael Moore and others who really make dramas that are staged, scripted and edited into preconceived stories to fit what is on the page rather than allowing the real nature of the subject to unfold and tell its own story.

Years back I co-wrote a book on the work of Richard Leiterman, who made all of Alan King's documentaries. To catch the important story moments, they shot 50 to 60 hours to get one hour of a finished project. Through this shooting, the director was able to look at the footage and find the story structure in the editing phase. An enormous amount of time would be spent in the editing room by the director since he was often not present during the shoot. He would see the footage for the first time, and would make the documentary from that footage without the emotional side effects that might have surrounded him if he had been on the actual shoot.
In many ways, I'm taking the 'cinema direct' notion of Leiterman/King and the early National Film Board's idea of what a documentary should be and add that I shoot, edit, direct and produce it. I do this without others hovering over my idea wondering if it's marketable or suitable for their many obligations. I can do this due to digital filmmaking, which has allowed all of us to document various subjects without having to be a slave to the raising of large amounts of money to complete one's work - this is a miracle for the artist filmaker. 

My documentary BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS has been a long term very passionate project of mine. I'm shooting from Ontario into the Maritimes, as my lifelong battle with cancer continues.  Last year, I had three major surgeries to remove tumors and part of my lungs. During the second surgery, a nerve to my left vocal cord was severed thus causing my voice to be altered so that I now sound like Tom Waites on a bad day.  Of course when I contact a potential bachelor by phone my rasping, hoarse voice sometimes scares them into wondering who could sound like that and be an active, producing filmaker. So each time, I have to introduce myself and explain my voice issue, and then we get on with the shoot.

Although the documentary has been ‘on the shelf’ during my surgeries , Helene and I have continued our photo/art collaboration that we call ‘Marvelous Realism’ and while I’m shooting in Old Ottawa South looking for comments from bachelors, we’ll have our MarvelousRealism images hanging in the Loo (that’s the Loo not the Louvre ) at
Life Of Pie, 1134 Bank Street in OldOttawa south - the show will run all
through June in the loo.
Drop in, have a piece of pie and think about how creative work enhances all our lives.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Calling All BACHELORS!

Peter Evanchuck surrounded by a bunch of BACHELORS way back in the fun Toronto Days!





director/producer PETER EVANCHUCK is back at his doc. shooting BACHELORS ... looking for lovely folks who wanna be in a movie - and have something to say about bachelors or even better are bachelors and have an opinion why they are who they are... this is an open call and all are invited to contact EVANCHUCK asap.

The shoot will go fast no meetings, no nonsense, i go to ur location, use natural light ( so no light setups ) and shoot as u express ur views on bachelors and bachelor-hood.

This call for rest of week since next week will be in the Maritimes shooting there since this doc. shoot travels across Canada so is a long term project as EVANCHUCK continues his cancer treatments between shoots.

please contact

PETER EVANCHUCK at... 613 604 2859