Tuesday 28 January 2014

PETER EVANCHUCK and 'then there were none' views on views

Winter is always a time many Canadians view the white world from cozy places others just view it as being Canadian ... for the homeless and the homed who have experienced 'living the streets' its a hard time, a desperate time, but the living of it gives them a remarkable view from the inside out. I've had some modest experiences of it, have living 'rough' but not for prolonged periods of time and there's the rub... ROBERT PAYNE recently got 'homed' after 8 hard winters/years living rough and his 'new life' of having a room without a view' but a room in a cozy warm basement apartment, secure and worry free has got to be an exceptional new experience for him that should be documented.

Toronto's Queen west was and perhaps still is the homeless capital of Canada. The street that used to provide a home for dozens of poor, ill, survivors of life is now being gentrified. The condos are replacing everything and what was great about it as a living working creative artist is almost all gone. Even ROB's former alley home has been fenced, gated, locked and barred from his use. That life style in that area seems to be getting more and more to be history of the past as the homeless, poor and ill will have to find their new home with a view or without a view but a home that's no longer in familiar surroundings of Queen West but pushed further and further away .... sad in many ways that our old neighbourhoods that we cared for so much are now almost all gone and replaced by condoWORLD.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Director/Producer Peter Evanchuck wonders what to do what to do - how to market/sell one's docs

Before all the elder illness' i was taking my two docs around to health and educational places to give talks about poverty, homelessness, mental illness, art, poetry and photography - explaining to many who don't really know about 'the real truth' about how people who are in this state survive from day to year to decade. THE POETRY OF PAYNE and MARKO's MANIA both show a raw reality of two personal views on such matters and as many have said after viewing these docs 'They have to be scene by people.' And that's the purpose of me taking them around and giving a personal viewpoint on the problems and achievements of a homeless Poet ( Robert Payne ) and a bi-polar photographer ( Marko Polakiwsky ) both achieving remarkable 'art' while dealing with their 'condition'..... these talks and events that i've been giving are well received and i find them often informative for all concerned.

Saturday 18 January 2014

Peter Evanchuck's year that was ... tough - first time in an ambulance as kidney stones doubled me up UGH but life goes on 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 ongoing story of Sir CHARLES GD ROBERTS the book the doc .. going going ( my HERNIA operation yesterday recovery slow but sure )

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.
  The book on his collected animal stories should be out end of this month - the doc. progressing slower due to my cancer tests/scans, my Kidney Stone problems and my recent Hernia surgery, i've relaxed on the doc. and chose to continue forward with the book - much easier to work on.

Wednesday 8 January 2014

ahh the life of an elder among the aches and payne's of life

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

update on the GD ROBERTS book with cover design and some comments on it and documentary progression

the book coming along very well .. cover design above .. contents text completed LACELLE now working on the inside illustrations hoping to have it out in hard and e copies end of Jan2014
the doucmentary on ROBERTS life&times is also coming along but on back burner waiting for the work on book to be completed and made available .. over past year have travelled N.B. extensively documenting his birthplace, his upbringing in Westcock & the Tantramar Marsh, his times in Fredericton and surriounding areas ... hoping to complete doc. in 2014