Evelyn

Short doc film screening and reading—Feb 10

The short documentary film, Evelyn, about the original spirit who was Evelyn Christopher, will be screened at the Elmsdale Community Centre at 4 pm on February 10. 

The film follows five visits over the course of a year between filmmakers Millefiore Clarkes and Davy Weale, and Evelyn in her home in Alberton, PEI. Evelyn has since passed away, but when the film was recorded, she was 94 years of age and living fiercely independent. The screening will be accompanied by a reading from the book, Evelyn: Last of Her Kind, by author David Weale.

Evelyn (the documentary) enters the world of the wise and wry human that is Evelyn Christopher, and offers a little window into what we have lost with all our rushing around. Evelyn Christopher is 94 years old and still grows enough food to give surplus away to neighbours. She comes from a time when time had a different texture. A place where pace was in step with the seasons. She understands the land, the sea, and the air. She doesn’t have much use for the goings-on of contemporary society. She is one of the last of her kind, and with her goes a way of being in the world: dirt under your fingernails, chores every morning at dawn, knowing just how to grow a turnip, stacking every stitch of firewood for the lean winter months… there will never be another Evelyn.

Evelyn screened at the Halifax Independent Film Festival, the Charlottetown Film Festival, the Lunenburg Film Festival and the Atlantic International Film Festival where it won Best Score in an Atlantic Film for composer Devon Ross.

The trailer for Evelyn can be viewed online at onethousandflowers.tv/