Short doc screening in Elmsdale

Stlls from the short doc Evelyn by filmmakers Millifiore Clarkes and Davy Weale

Evelyn, the short documentary film about the original spirit who was Evelyn Christopher, will be screened at the Elmsdale Community Centre at 3 pm on June 10. 

The film follows five visits over the course of a year between filmmakers Millefiore Clarkes and Davy Weale with Evelyn in her home in Alberton. Evelyn has since passed away but when the film was recorded she was 94 years of age and living fiercely independently. 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” explain the filmmakers. “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.”

Co-directed by Davy Weale and Millefiore Clarkes, Evelyn features Evelyn Christopher and Wilson Christopher. The film was produced by David Weale, with soundtrack and post sound by Devon Ross. It was funded in part by the PEI Arts Grants.

Evelyn will go on to screen at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival on June 23.