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

Friday, 25 March 2016

OTTAWA EAST NEWS - March 24, 2016 - 'Bachelors Wanted'



 Director/Producer PETER EVANCHUCK calling for BACHELORS to participate in his documentary BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS

Director/Producer PETER EVANCHUCK looking for BACHELORS to participate in his documentary BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS - experience of bachelor-hood necessary as is having something to say about your life as a bachelor past, present and future.

I don't hold meetings or expect to take much of ur time. You contact me, we meet at ur location, I shoot ur comments, no meetings, no waste of ur time

now if u're really clever and have a great life style then let's elongate ur participation if u have the time/interest.

Peter Harcourt a former emeritus professor called my docs 'RAW and REAL' so hopefully i'll keep 'em that way by not 'staging' shots, using all natural light, and allowing u to be who u are...

I'd like to start shooting this weekend so if u're a Bachelor let's go....

please contact me at:::

if u like take a peek at my site movieshandmade.com

Thursday, 26 November 2015



Combining the realism of PETER EVANCHUCK'S images with the marvelous art interpretation
of HELENE LACELLE the Abandoned Houses of Canada's Maritime Provinces present the first in an eventual Canada Wide series of shows and exhibitions.

These images select what the creators saw that would present the 'dramatic feel' of the creation; thus, the documentation of the abandonment becomes a dramatic exploration.
This is a first presentation of an ongoing development of a style we call  

Viewing at 3 locations:
Ottawa School of Art - 35 George St. - until Dec. 20
Life of Pie - ( Art in the LOO - not the LOUVRE! ) - 1134 Bank St. - on going
Timothy's Cafe - 234 Laurier East - until Jan 2016

Peter Evanchuck on location in New Brunswick photographing one of the many Abandoned Homes used for his next exhibition

Sandy Hill's ONE & ONLY arts/crafts/designs Fair

City Counsellor Mathieu Fleury, Helene Lacelle & Chef Peter Evanchuck - smiles all around for another great show!

Salute! from Chef Peter Evanchuck surrounded by his kitchen volunteers - together they served 100's of people with their fabulous varied buffet including - Lasagna, Scalloped Fish Cakes, Chili, Samosas, Thai Spring Rolls, Perrogies, Basmati Rice with Halal Chicken and LOTS MORE...

Friday, 30 January 2015

Sychronicity, Life & Peter Evanchuck

 NBFC members Helene Lacelle and Peter Evanchuck are right in the thick of some projects. (Photo by Anthony Knox)


It's rather amazing how Jung’s concept of Synchronicity can affect one’s creative  life  - when I accidentally met Nelson Adams in Fredericton through a friend, I had no idea he would restart my film career since I had long before self terminated it due to the tiresome, annoying control others had of my work. But he did and as they say the rest is my history as once again I’m making films or rather videos. All due to the advent of Nelson and digital technology – now that’s a living example of sychronicity.

Like many independent filmmakers, I've always admired artists who’s work is very personal; from beginning to end, they create it according to their own self-awareness … very admirable indeed thought I.

"I wish filmmaking was like that," I often thought… well with digital it is – no question. We now can personally ‘make a movie’ like an artist ‘makes a painting’ i.e. completely alone using all our talents and skills to arrive at our personal view of the subject through our world experience. Not tainted by the big shots, the boys in the back room, the majors, the broadcasters, etc., etc...

We can arrive at a finished creative piece of ‘art,’ and then screen it on Youtube or Vimeo. This freedom is astounding for me and all independent, highly creative people who dislike to compromise their creations. So for the past few years I’m back at it – making my movies using digital technology.

The second occurrence that shaped my present ‘way’ of looking at movies happened in a manner that could be construed as negative but  I saw it as a positive – a lesson of learning in the modern age. I halted my movie making to review this 21st century way of achieving one’s art.

We all want to make feature fiction films not shorts, not docs. We want to see our movies in theatres and get the recognition and get big compensation. Well of course that was my folly as well.

Then through a series of mishaps, I learned that it was shorts and short docs that one can make like an artist, not the big features which depend so much on so many, but videos - short docs were the answer.

When cancer struck me again last summer, I decided to put that theory into practice and make a series of 5 or 6 short docs fast and furious using digital technology. Then while convalescing from surgery and 42 days of radiation, I would use my time completing those shorts while I upgraded my skills using a great professional editing software called FinalCutPro7.

So far I’ve managed to put 4 shorts ‘in the can’ as we used to say in the film world and have two more to complete. I should mention they are such fun to make… such fun and after all life lived fully is the best life of all.

To view Peter Evanchuck's recent docs called Peter’s shorts please go to: http://www.movieshandmade.com and scroll down to the bottom of our web page where you will see the posters and the links to youtube.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

CANCER back waiting for surgery - making PETER EVANCHUCK shorts ... honing my FCPro7 skills - will do more post during 42 days of radiation

ahhh it's a shock to be told that one's cancer has returned - especially after a couple years back i was told it was safe that it would not re-occur but it has... so been doing multiple tests,scans, etc and all point to a removal of the large tumours using surgery ( throat and thorax two surgical teams like that first time in 2007 ) meanwhile, i'm rushing along making these little shorts 'cause after the surgery i have daily radiation for 42 days ... and i'm not sure how active i'll be l thus, if i can think straight i can use these short to hone my skills on FCPro7

so far i've completed 3 shorts and hope to do a total of 6 which'll keep me totally busy during my convalescing ... good luck to me and to all those who suffer from the same illness.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

FIDDLING around the town - Mental health, addiction, guns and politics and phoney newspaper articles

Of course if one has imagination, fortitude ( what an old fashioned word , eh ) and some talent and has a life at least a bit of life like i have then there's doc. subjects abounding around town and country. Recently met a few but then that poor homeless, mental patient who was a crack addict got his hands on a gun and a guy with a car and shot a soldier at the war memorial and then drove to the Parliament Buildings and pulled off a few more shots while Harper hid in the closet ... now that's a doc since almost all of the papers except the vancouver based TYEE, didn't cover the truth - the reality of this man's mental condition - instead they speculated all sorts of gloom and doom about hidden cells and ISIS and terrorists when all that motivated the man was a mind gone askew and for that he died.... but the truth well never out unless someone like me or younger more talented and energetic seeker of truth makes the doc about this event in CaNADA's history...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

ahhh taking a long look at doc shorts

since i was out of movie making for a decade or more and now that i've been back into it for a few years , i'm finding things have changed so much in the past 15 years that i've got to re-evaluate my method of dealing with all those new changes sooooooo more later.

Watched AFFLICTED a box office success story of a Cdn monster movie thinking what shit i ain't gonna like this but i did - very well made/developed - the second lead was weak but the main actor was strong and the incidents/circumstances that happened to him during his transition into a 'monster' were very well done - i congratulate the team making this movie

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

KIDNEY stones and other stoners

ahhh been a long time since i posted something and it was hernias and kidney stones rather than medical herbs from moncton. I once again am so disappointed in this Harper and his harpies removing our culture and creative things like CBC, gallery support and the like and instead he pours billions of our tax bucks into war machines like the F35 which like the subs he bought will never fly - what happened to my Canada the one that was peacekeeping and so lovely with helping the downtrodden with compassion now it's helping them with a taser - Harper's wish to turn our country into a mini hamerica with cops beating the shit outta people rather than talking them into co-operation - ahhhh this is one time i wish for the good old days when our arts were supported by our government ... after all we are defined by our CULTURE not by our warplanes ... aren't we??

Friday, 16 May 2014

Making movies for $40,000 bucks says the latest post from British source

That made me chuckle 'cause in Canada most of us would relish the thought of having that much money to make a movie - mostly we do shoestring budgets and mostly broken shoestrings gathering kind and generous people who work for fun/creative reasons rather than moola only - those enormour budgets that HOLYwoody purports to have to shoot 100mil movies are absolutely impossible  in fact that amount can come into a Canadian reality which would be like 1/100th of that amount would be enormously generous budgets.... and u know when the CRTC forced radio stations to play Cdn Music in Prime Time, the music biz here bossomed - if THE CRTC FORCED TV & THEATRE OUTLETS TO DO THE SAME like in QUEBEC our movies would thrive and our output increase in quality and quantity - but that will never haPPEN - HOLYWOODY has us by the gonads and always will since guys like Harper bows to their needs not the creator's needs

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Well things move slowly ... working away but slowly some aches and pains and stones

Yeah BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS moving along while my two docs on homelessness/mental illness are preping for festivals/etc POETRY OF PAYNE about homeless street poet ROBERY PAYNE is now no longer homeless with the help of the sisters at ST FELIX in Toronto's Queenwest area a warm and respectable place was found for ROB who now is in his homesweet - a great moment in his life as his alleyway home was being locked for CONDOworld to take over like how they are taking over much of Toronto's downtown and turning it into some sort of dull-non artistic, non creative venue - now that's very sad indeed.

Monday, 3 February 2014

EVANCHUCK writes about 'When Things Fall Apart'

EVANCHUCK writes about WHEN THINGS FALL APART .. so slowly, so quickly, so dangerously insecure

Came across another fighter the other day - not in WaawaaHarperLAND but in BigCIty - he's also a man who's gone thru a lot; lost a lot; and is trying to get some of that 'lot' back ... not easy when u're well into or past middles age and when things u know have fallen apart - newspapers are not the same, getting press coverage isn't the same, promoting shit isn't the same so the learning curve always climbs upward - people flock like ants on the hill to view the latest Apple event which is really nothing more than more shit for people to buy stuff they usually don't need but somehow they have been convinced they do need it ... what happened to common sense, purpose, individualism and stuff like that? Rather sad how we all gather wool ... and baaaa baaa baaaa but today and for a long time life has been just fine, thank ya'll... as BOB says, 'Don't worry be happy; cause everything's gonna be alright.' STAY TUNED to a NEW FEATURE DOC 'WHEN THINGS FALL APART' now in pre production that will doc 'THE FALLING'

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A life lived more thoughtful, contemplative and productive and that's good

Yes it was not a fun year .. well not all of it some of it was did a lotta kayaking, movie-makihng, book-making, biking, hiking and then was hit with incredible stomach pain so severe had to call the ambulance to take me to hospital ( i live with cancer so hat's always a concern when such pain occurs since i'm hoping it's not some outbreak again and more chest splitting surgery required ) - my new life style excludes a lotta the night life fun i used to have until the cancer hit me. Unlike many of my comrades, amigos, colleagues and friends who died, i managed to survive to become an elder. An elder a everyone knows, has a life of moan&groan and 'freedom55' isn't any freedom for most. But that all said i enjoy life and have no interest to not enjoy it so i turned my energy, talent and moola into making creative work thus along came bookshandmade.com and movieshandmade.com and GOOP gallery. With my partner HELENE we have fun making art and making all sorts of creative things .. and thus a happy new beginning to a life lived hard and rough and now lived more thoughful, contemplative and productive... and that's good...

Thursday, 9 January 2014

the Sir Charles GD ROBERTS project continues slowly but surely

HELENE LACELLE's illustration of the crying oxen creates a totally modern 'look' to the hundred year old animal stories of GD ROBERTS, a NB born and raised writer who 'created' the animal story wherein he treates so called 'wild beasts' as humans i.e. they think and feel and react as we human animals do - along with E.T. SETON he was the first in the world to do so and as a result became world famous for these stories - his first collection of anmal stories sold 80,000 copies in N.A. which considering it was about 100 years ago this was fantastic.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

ahhh the life of an elder filled with aches and payne's and delays and Hernias, cancer, kidney stones and torn rotator cuff

yes the elder world full of aches, pains and illness whether we wer too lazy, too careless or too rough and tough on life, there comes a time ... yes and that time for me started in 2006 when my chest was split open, ribs split and a huge cancer tumour removed - and forever more .. i live with cancer go in for annual tests/scans and as long as it doesn't grow no more heart splitting surgery ... well, that's the tip of my 'berg' 'cause this past summer i passed some stones the kidney kind and just died of poop and pain on my way to shoot the ROBERTS' project in the Maritimes from editing B.B. in Montreal ( MC SARDA is editor did THE FASTRUNNER won numerous awards ) - projectile diahrea stopping on the roadside frequently - the #40 has some nice fertilizer. Anyway, enough of that and on with the story many but not all have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not this one at least not yet - yesterday was in hospital to have me HERNIA made back into a HIMnia i.e. flat tummy time - so all night and all day and for a few more days i'm trying to rest/sleep/avoid lifting more than a cup of tea - thus my projects once again are on backburner for a few more days ... ahh life in the slow lane isn't for me...

Rob Payne is now 'roomed' no longer homeless and wants me to catch up to his life in Toronto for B.B. as a man of means - his alleyway home is now kaput - boarded and fenced off and so that part of his life is over as he re-aquaints himself finally after 8 years living 'living rough' outside with living 'on the inside' in his room with a very limited view - basement apartment room. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

the sir Charles GD ROBERTS book and documentary .. update

last year i started documenting all of ROBERTS associations with NB: his birthplace in Douglas, his upbringing in Westcock around the Tantramar Marsh, his home on George Street in Fredericton, his burial spot near his university the UofNB, his schools and places of education/etc. This was for a book the front cover is exhibited above and for a documentary in progress ... the book will be published in Jan.2014.

Friday, 27 December 2013

the SIR CHARLES GD ROBERTS project ongoing and slowly advancing

so on location working away on the ROBERTS project which intends to become a documentary and a book - the book which is comprised of selections from his 'animal stories' with illustrations by HELENE LACELLE is well on the way and soon to be published - ROBERTS is known now only as 'the father of CDN poetry' but also the author who created the 'animal story' where the animals have human-like characteristics - they think, feel and act often like we do... they are not dumb creatures or at least no dumber than we are.. He was born in Douglas, NB and raised in Westcock, NB where his father was rector of St Mary's church located in the heart of the famous Tantramar Marsh. It's from his early days living in and around this marsh that Roberts picked up his love and understanding of nature.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

ROBERT PAYNE formerly homeless street poet now living domestic no longer 'rough in alley' ROB PAYNE now HOMED

With the help of the NUN's at St Felix, ROB managed to get a room and gave up his alley home or rather perhaps his alley home closed down on him - someone fenced it off/boarded it up and ROB would have to find another home sweet if he wanted to remain homeless but after 8 years living outside in Toronto now 50 years old, he was feeling the negative affects of his life style sooooo with the devoted help of the NUN's ROB PAYNE now HOMED ( he was on CBC's the NATIONAL Friday last )

BUILDING NEW STUDIO ... Beautiful Bachelors resting for now while building - G.D. ROBERT's book/doc moving along again

So one does what one does ... yep another Yogi saying or was that Steven the Seagull? - read a funny comment about him that he's the only man who gained hair in his elder years in fact gained a widow's peak - must be natural says the comment on one of his movies. Sir G.D.ROBERT's research going well for book almost got it completed waiting for HELENE's illustrations - gonna combine her very unique stuff with Robert's traditional animal stories ... the doc is at a very early stage just gathering image so far.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Just went in another direction ..

yeah i've left these blogs alone for a while soooo much to do sooooo little time - had a pile of health misfortunes that slowed me down and forced me to mind my health and take a break - should be back at it sooner than later - work on ROBERT's doc and book moving along slowly - my docs are resting like me they need a temporary nap - zzzzzzzzz

Monday, 3 June 2013

ahhh the pain the pain ... temporary halt to BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS

It's rather amazing how things get in the way of movie-making. Take my shoulder ( yes i know the Groucho Marx line but i think it's about his wife ) well i slipped on some wet slimy rocks while portaging my 90 lb canoe along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick and wrenched my left shoulder. The pain came hours later and never left for several days - no sleep, no rest and no editing or doing much of anything except moaning and groaning and doing things to ease the pain ...  I know it's rather late to post this but i haven't been attentive to much until the pain left and now in recovery i can lift a cookie to my mouth ... and that's just fine!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

MindFest 2013

Yuri Polakiwsky, Director Peter Evanchuck, Marko Polakiwsky, Henry Schmidt and Compton Eefreitas at the University of Toronto's Hart House for the 2013 MINDFEST
EVANCHUCK's documentary MARKO'sMANIA screened on opening day of the Mental Health Conference to an appreciative audience. MARKO's candid honesty created a personal, heart-felt document of a life lived with bi-polar illness. MARKO'sMANIA records 14 years of his life in 
29 minutes.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

here's some thing on my new FEATURE doc BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS

EVANCHUCK's thoughts on the ins and outs of making things or how to live with cancer and still 'LIVE' - BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS

Like so many others i manage to survive operations that split my chest open to clear all that stuff inside of cancer and to remove a very large tumour that had grown from my thyroid down into my lung area - fortunately i had two surgical teams on throat the other chest who did a great job since i'm still alive and able to live sort of normally.

Biking, kayaking, sailing and making movies although now go slower and longer than perhaps 'normal' ; nevertheless, I'm still up and at 'em. Health has now become paramount to my present and future on this lovely planet.

My latest venture is a feature doc.  BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS which pays homage to three amazing guys i've hung with for decades who are now also in rough shape: Gerry 96, LARROW 87 and ROBERT 50. The feature length documentary traces some of those decades, some of those wonderful years of befriending each other and managing to continue to live thru 'hard times'.

My other two docs now doing the festival circuit and conference circuit - MARKO'SMANIA, THE POETRY OF PAYNE,  completed over the past few years also traces lives of people i've lived life with over decades thru the ups and downs, thru the good and the bad - the shit and the gravey one might term it. hard living and hard drinking and hard full lives gave us all a taste of something so special without boundries that most middle classless people in today's worlds are terrified to cross into. Those limitless boundries, of course, had things like fairness and compassion; thus, today we are still friends, still tolerating the other's 'oddities' but now unlike much of those decades of living fully, i'm documenting as much as i can, pulling out decades of 8mm footage, still 35mm pics, and whatever i can find that will give the viewer a small look at what a big world we lived in and as that old movie titles 'we had a WONDERFUL LIFE that now is ..... mmmmm not over yet - watch out here comes BEAUTIFUL BACHELORS !! 

excuse me now i have to nap....

GERRY died a short while back from exposure... very sad indeed but his bi-polar energy kept him fully alive for 96 years!