Have you ever wondered what the inner beauty of a life-long bachelor looks like?
Well, thanks to a new documentary in the works by Sandy Hill’s Peter Evanchuck, the world will soon get to know.
“I find them beautiful and courageous,” Evanchuck said. “Regardless of their situations, they live interesting and reasonable lives.”
The film features bachelors from Ottawa, Toronto and the Maritimes and originally focused on men who have serious mental issues, but soon evolved into a film about bachelors when he realized most of his subjects have lived bachelor life their whole lives.
He added that not all the men in the film are living with mental health issues, but rather, as the film developed he began to seek out bachelors of all kinds – including women.
In a teaser for the film, one bachelor doesn’t even describe himself as such.
“I never thought of myself as a bachelor, more of an individual,” the interviewee said.
An older man said, once he hit 60 years old, he was just called “the old guy.”
Having been with his partner Helene Lacelle for the past 30 years, he said interviewing these men hasn’t made him long for that life.
“One thing I have noticed is that once they have been a bachelor for a while, they get ‘outfits’ – mostly because they don’t have women telling them how to dress,” Evanchuck said. “They also have strong opinions about stuff, whether they are right or wrong.”
The film also includes interviews with some young men, which Evanchuck said he found really interesting for a different reason.
“They ranged in age from 19 to 26 and not one of them complained about their girlfriends,” he said. “It’s amazing to see; there is a new generation of women being honoured by their counterparts.”
Evanchuck started working on the film with Lacelle two years ago, but a cancer diagnosis has put the film on hold for the time being.
Three surgeries in, with a potential fourth ahead, Lacelle said Evanchuck’s perseverance fighting the cancer is beyond belief and beyond what any of his doctors thought possible.
That’s why, although production for the film has stalled, it is not over.
“I have an amazing capacity to create stuff, and there is nothing more beautiful than to create, but I still have a lot to do before I quit,” he said.
Finishing depends on his health, Evanchuck added.
“If I feel good, I can move ahead,” he said.
Ultimately, the goal is to finish the film within the next year and release it theatrically.
If anyone out there would like to be in the documentary, contact Peter Evanchuck at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the film, including the trailer, is available at movieshandmade.com.