Home Ice Productions



Home Ice Productions is a Portland, Maine based independent arts production and marketing company run by Tonya Shevenell. The Home Road documentary is the first feature length film from Home Ice Productions. 




MARCH 2018 - To read the latest Home Ice Productions email newsletter, "Revealed! The Name of the New Film is..." please click HERE. I'm very happy to announce the name of the new documentary film project from Home Ice Productions. Exploring the ways love has been expressed in Maine from its statehood in 1820 through its Bicentennial in 2020, using love stories from all sixteen counties, Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine is underway! The film's official website will be launched in mid-April.




The Home Road documentary film will be shown on Maine Public Television on Thursday night, February 1st at 10 pm and again on Saturday morning, February 3rd at 11 am. Thank you Maine Public Community Films!


To purchase a DVD of THE HOME ROAD or to learn more about that project, including information on upcoming screenings and events with Tonya Shevenell, filmmaker and Ray Shevenell, trekker, please visit the movie's official website at www.thehomeroad.com or click on the image below.





Information/schedule of Live Film Screening Events with Tonya (filmmaker) and Ray (trekker) available at The Home Road website on the See The Film page. 2018 events include Friday, April 6th at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine!






November screening and discussion events for The Home Road documentary film include:


Monday, November 13 at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast, ME 6:30 pm This show benefits the Photo Archives at Penobscot Marine Museum. Beer provided by Marshal Wharf Brewing! Tickets: $15 or $12 for members/students. Tickets: HERE


Tuesday, November 14 at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, ME 6 pm


Sunday, November 19 at the Franco Center in Lewiston, ME 3 pm


Each event includes post-screening Q&A with Tonya and Ray (filmmaker and trekker). 


For DVDs sales, digital viewing options and future screenings, visit the film's website!  www.thehomeroad.com 


SEPTEMBER 2017 - Upcoming screening events of The Home Road documentary film include:


Saturday, September 23- Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta ME 2 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info at: www.lcct.org 



AUGUST 2017 - See The Home Road documentary film during release season! For digital and online viewing links, DVD orders and information on screenings, visit the "SEE THE FILM" page at film's website, www.thehomeroad.com 


JUNE 2017 - View the new official trailer for The Home Road documentary on the Film page of this website or on the official website of the movie


DVD pre-order sale is now on at the Online Store!  Please visit this link! Information on where it will be available to watch online (rent or buy options) coming August 1st! Current list of screenings follows below. 


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


May 2017 - Upcoming Screening Events for The Home Road documentary film announced! More coming soon! If you are interested in information on booking a screening event, please send an email to matt@homeiceproductions.com or call Home Ice Productions at 207-400-0231.  For film info, please visit www.thehomeroad.com 


Thursday, June 8 - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford Maine - 6 pm. FYI: Limited seating. Free and open to public. With filmmaker and trekker Q&A afterwards.


Friday, July 14 - Tillotson Center, Colebrook NH - 7 pm. With discussion/q&a with filmmaker and trekker afterwards. Tickets/info at: www.tillotsoncenter.org


Friday, July 21 - Center Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft Maine - 7 pm  With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info  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 - 7:30 pm.  With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info at: www.explorefrontier.com


Friday, August 25 - St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland Maine - 7 pm. With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info: www.stlawrencearts.org


Friday, September 15 - Johnson Hall, Gardiner Maine 6 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards. Tickets/info soon at: www.johnsonhall.org


Sunday, September 17 - West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH 2 pm With filmmaker and trekker discussion/q&a afterwards.FYI: Limited seating. 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




April 2017 - The Home Road film was mentioned (with two photos from the film included) in a recent Photography & Migration blog series post by Colby College professor, Tanya Sheehan. Published by Fotomuseum, Winterthur Switzerland, Read by clicking here. 


March 2017 - PREVIEW SCREENING of The Home Road documentary will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, Maine at 7 pm. This event is funded by Colby College and is free and open to the public! There will be a discussion with filmmaker, Tonya, and an opportunity for question & answer with "trekker", Ray! Huge thanks to Colby College and Railroad Square Cinema for hosting this preview!




December 2016 - The Home Road documentary film will be finished by spring with events scheduled throughout the remainder of the year! To stay up-to-date, check out the NOW page at www.thehomeroad.com and/or sign up for entertaining Home Ice Productions emails, sent once every 3-4 weeks. 


Sumner McKane's latest project, The Northeast By Eastern is available at www.sumnermckane.com You can catch a live show which includes a screening with live music at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Friday, December 30th or at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Saturday, January 28th. Visit the live show page at www.sumnermckane.com

For booking information on The Northeast By Eastern, The Maine Frontier and In The Blood by Sumner McKane (live music by Sumner McKane and Josh Robbins), please email me at tonya@homeiceproductions.com


Also, if you'd like information on booking a screening of The Home Road or screening with filmmaker Q&A, please be in touch!



October 2016: It's Pecha Kucha Night in Biddeford, Maine on Wednesday, October 12th! See www.feedtheengine.org for information. I'm excited (and nervous!) to be one of the six presenters this round. 


Stay up with the latest on The Home Road documentary film at www.thehomeroad.com/now/ - also home to my blog! 




SUMMER 2016 - Please save the date!  I'm looking forward to Sunday afternoon, August 21st when I'll be speaking at the Alfred Shaker Museum in Alfred, Maine about The Home Road documentary film, the 2015 ancestral trek my father made from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford, Maine and the story of my great-great-great grandfather who first made the journey in 1845. The event will be held at 1:30 pm and details can be found at www.alfredshakermuseum.com 


SUMMER 2016 - Now booking The Northeast By Eastern, the forthcoming film and live music multimedia show by Maine filmmaker/composer/musician Sumner McKane. Please see www.sumnermckane.com to view trailer, clips and learn how you can be a part of the film's release!  For booking information, please contact me at tonya@homeiceproductions.com Premiere shows for this Fall include the following:

Saturday, September 3 - Fryeburg Academy's Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center 7pm

Friday, September 9 - Johnson Hall, Gardiner ME 7:30 pm 

Sunday, September 11 - Center Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft ME 2 pm 

Thursday, October 27 - Strand Theatre, Rockland ME

Friday, October 28 - Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport MA

Friday, November 4 - Frontier Cafe, Brunswick ME

Saturday, November 5 - The Grand, Ellsworth ME


April 2016 - Visit www.thehomeroad.com/now/ for the latest news on The Home Road documentary film and check out each week's "photo and quick ponder" theme! 


March 2016 - This month's In The Blood and The Maine Frontier shows: See www.sumnermckane.com for more information about these projects. 


January 2016 - The Home Road documentary film: Every weekend I post an update in the form of "here's what I'm doing now" in the post-production phase of The Home Road. Technically, I've still got some segments to produce. In the meantime, there's ongoing research and writing and lots of editing. The updates also include a "photo and quick ponder" theme of the week.  Please visit:  www.thehomeroad.com/now/  

Here's a summary of the photo and quick ponder subjects so far:

1/24 - Fear-hacking

1/17 - Longfellow, Nietzsche & Thoreau (that one’s not QUITE so quick)

1/10 - Railroads, Rivers & Reverence

1/3 -   My Other Father Ray

12/25 - Dandelions



December, 2015 - The Home Road documentary film is in post-production. There is a new feature at The Home Road documentary website called NOW. If you'd like to follow along, it'll be updated each weekend with what is going on right now. 

Happy New Year!


October, 2015

Wednesday night, October 7th at 6:30 pm at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine! Not only is it a free presentation, but they are serving refreshments. Program is one hour...Please join us! My Dad, Ray Shevenell, will be a special guest on hand for the q&a too! www.mcarthurpubliclibrary.com   UPDATE:  Thank you to all who joined us in Biddeford for this program!!!


July, 2015


From May 31 - June 12, 2015, my father, Ray Shevenell, walked 188 miles from Compton, Quebec Canada to Biddeford, Maine USA retracing the pioneering journey of his great-great grandfather, Israel Shevenell. Their stories are the inspiration for The Home Road  documentary film, in production through 2015. Ahead of the feature film, I put a video together to a piece of music by Maine filmmaker and composer, Sumner McKane. This piece of music was composed entirely between May 31 and June 12 as Ray was trekking, based on images sent to Sumner each day from the route. The video is a primarily visual "essence of" the adventure with much more to come in the following months.




May, 2015


The Home Road documentary film is officially in production! In 1845, my 19-year old great-great-great grandfather walked from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford, Maine and found work as a brick maker. He is recognized as Biddeford's first permanent French-Canadian settler. 170 years later, my 74-year old father is retracing the pioneering trek with his own nearly 200-mile journey, and I am documenting it. We are uploading photos, journal entries and short videos from the road and you can find links and more information at www.thehomeroad.com and/or follow @thehomeroad on Instagram. I have a blog on Tumblr if you'd like to follow that too!  www.homeiceproductions.tumblr.com 


March, 2015


The winter weather is all over the news. It's all over everywhere! After what seems like our 28th storm in Maine this winter, I put this video together to acknowledge its great "hold" over me, from a logistics and beauty standpoint.