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Home Ice Productions, LLC is a Maine based independent arts production, publishing, and marketing company run by Portland native, Tonya Shevenell. With a focus on regional stories, works and events, Home Ice Productions encourages discovery and community through entertainment and educational offerings and experiences.


We are happy to introduce The Maine Birthday Book, a 52-page hardcover children's book, celebrating the wildlife, geography and magic of Maine! 


 The Home Road (2017) is the first feature length film from Home Ice Productions.

The second, Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine, is in production through 2021




Happy 2020! We are excited that the animals of  The Maine Birthday Book  have made many new friends in the book's first several weeks of existence. Tonya and crew look forward to meeting many more new friends this year through the story of Dirigo, the birthday chickadee, and his 18 animal friends from around Maine. 



October 1, 2019 - It's a new children's book! Shipping the week of December 1st, learn more and pre-order at (one of our sister sites). 


The Maine Birthday Book cover



August 2019 - The Home Road is now available to stream in its entirety! The feature length documentary film runs 76 minutes and you can watch from the official website at 


July 2019 - The Home Road website has a new "Making A Movie" page; to be featured on an upcoming French Canadian Legacy podcast.


As an independent filmmaker, it took me over four years to make The Home Road documentary. Recently I posted a partial list of the thousands of people, places, artifacts, articles, maps, photos, bits of information and pieces of inspiration that influenced the film between 2013-2017. The page includes links to some of these resources. Please take a look at The Home Road website

Recently the star of The Home Road, Ray Shevenell, and I recorded a podcast episode with Jesse Martineau and Mike Campbell from The French Canadian Legacy podcast. A preview episode will be published on Tuesday, August 20th with the full episode available the following week on Tuesday, August 27th. There will be two special announcements made in conjunction with the broadcast!  In the meantime, check out the podcast if you have interest in French Canadian heritage, history and stories. 


Spring 2019 - The Home Road documentary film on Maine Public Television


Maine Public Television will rebroadcast The Home Road documentary film on Thursday night, April 4th at 10 pm and again on Saturday morning, April 6th at 11 am. That week 174 years ago in the Spring of 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine to find work. His grandson, Ray Shevenell retraced the pioneering journey in 2015 at the age of 74. Watch the film on Maine Public to see the story. To see a trailer of the film, click here and for more information, see The Home Road website.




March 15, 2019 - Maine's 199th Anniversary of Statehood was a great day to launch our new website, Maine's Bicentennial offers an exciting opportunity to experience, explore and celebrate Maine. In that spirit, the new website is a project in progress, building up to Maine's 200th alongside the making of our second feature length documentary film, Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine.  Please check it out and spread the word!  To go straight to the gear (t-shirts and hats), visit our online general store. Onward to 200!


Maine Bicentennial T-Shirt




The Home Road documentary will be shown at the following places. Join Ray Shevenell, trekker for a post-screening Q&A to talk about his 200-mile ancestral journey from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford, Maine! 


Tuesday, February 19 at the Cape Elizabeth High School Cafeteria- part of Cape Community Services Lunch 'n Learn program. 11:30 am $10 Call 207-799-2868 or visit 


Wednesday, January 16 at the Augusta Civic Center. North Wing, 2nd Floor. Part of the Maine Woodland Owners group annual Forestry Forum!  Open to public. 1 pm. Augusta, Maine





The Home Road will be screened at the Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street in Yarmouth, Maine on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm. Free to members of the Yarmouth Historical Society, and $5 for all others. Join Tonya and Ray for the movie and a Q&A!


Tonya participated in the annual Maine Archives and Museums conference at the University of Maine at Farmington in October, scouting stories for Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine. To follow along, please visit the official film website at This is the second feature length documentary film by Portland, Maine-based Home Ice Productions and will be released in celebration of Maine's Bicentennial in 2020. 





Screenings of The Home Road are scheduled in York and Aroostook Counties this month. Tonya and Ray are pleased to be a part of the "Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways" roster of events with the screening/Q&A in Presque Isle on Thursday, September 20th.  


Tuesday, September 18 - Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library, Sanford ME 6 pm


Thursday, September 20 - University of Maine at Presque Isle ME, Campus Center - 7 pm


Maine Arts Commission Logo


Thanks in part to a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, we are able to bring The Home Road film and discussion/Q&A events to additional Maine counties this year! THANK YOU!




Upcoming screening events for The Home Road documentary film include:


Friday, August 3 - Jonesport Historical Society,  21 Sawyer Square, Jonesport ME 6:30 pm Call 207-497-2395 for more information. (Please note: Tonya will be in attendance, but Ray will be prepping to run in the Beach 2 Beacon road race on Saturday the 4th!)


Tuesday, August 7 - Belfast Free Library, Belfast ME 6:30 pm Abbott Room Tonya & Ray, the trekker, in attendance. 


Friday, August 24 - Sawyer Memorial Building, Greene ME 2 pm & 7 pm events.  Another historic Maine building with a fabulous series of events each year. Find information and directions at the Sawyer Foundation website. Tonya & Ray, the trekker, in attendance. 


JULY 2018


Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine is in production and to follow along, please visit the official film website at This is the second feature length documentary film by Portland, Maine-based Home Ice Productions and will be released in celebration of Maine's Bicentennial in early 2020. 


Thanks in part to a grant by the Maine Arts Commission, Tonya and her father Ray Shevenell will be on the road presenting community film screening and Q&A events of The Home Road over the coming months. For a complete list of screenings, please stop by the See The Film page at the movie's official website. 


MAY 2018 


Coming soon! The website for the second feature length documentary film project, Shape Of Love: 200 Years In Maine is under construction and will be ready in July. In the meantime, research for the film continues and if you have a Maine love story in your family or community from anytime in the last 198 years that makes you think of the "Shape Of Love," please contact us as we are looking for stories from all 16 Maine counties. Email Tonya at or use the Contact page for additional options. 


To see The Home Road on the road all over Maine this summer, visit the See The Film page at


APRIL 2018 - Note: I am excited to be part of the Emerge Film Festival in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday, April 28th at 1pm as part of a "Making It In Maine" Filmmakers panel. For more information about the film festival and its schedule of events, visit the website at Emerge!   

I am also pleased for the invitation to speak about the making of The Home Road documentary film at Southern Maine Community College's (SMCC) Advanced Video on Location class on May 2nd!


SPRING 2018 - Upcoming film screenings of The Home Road include Tuesday, March 20th at 6 pm at Wells Library, Wells, ME and Monday, March 26th at 7 pm at the University of Maine at Farmington, Lincoln Auditorium at Roberts Learning Center. Both of these screenings are free to the public! No reservations required. Join Dad, the trekker and me for post-screening discussion and Q&A at both events!  For more info and screenings, please visit the official website at Also - join us at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine for a screening on Friday, April 6th at 7 pm in the Camping Atrium. 


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 late May.




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 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! 


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: 



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, 


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 or call Home Ice Productions at 207-400-0231.  For film info, please visit 


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:


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


Tuesday, August 15 - Deertrees Theatre, Harrison Maine 7:30 pm Reserve tickets at  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:


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


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


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  


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




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 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 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

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


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 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 - 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 


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 to view trailer, clips and learn how you can be a part of the film's release!  For booking information, please contact me at 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 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 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:  

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!   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 and/or follow @thehomeroad on Instagram. I have a blog on Tumblr if you'd like to follow that too! 


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.