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Chapters And Verses: Action Bill’s Walk Through Life

A young “Action Bill”

This 2017 documentary tells the story of the remarkable life of Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw

Directed by his daughter, Oksana Kuryliw, and produced by her and her husband, John Leeson, the film screened in Toronto, Edmonton and Sudbury in the fall of 2017.

Click here for more about Bill and some background about the film.

Watch the trailer below on this page.

We had a packed house for the April 19 screening at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch in conjunction with the closing of their exhibit Trunk Tales: Leaving Home… Finding Home on Ukrainian immigration to Canada:

“Epic!” was part of the reaction from one member of the audience, a former MP. See this page for notes & photos from our various screenings.

More screenings to come in 2018.

Interview with Oksana

Prior to our first screening last September, Oksana was interviewed by Ron Cahute of Kontakt TV. Portions of the interview was broadcast on Kontakt April 14l it is also posted on YouTube – viewable below.


Chapters & Verses earns its director her first award!

On Wed. Nov. 15, Oksana was recognized with a Canada 150 “Change Maker” award from Parkdale-High Park MP Arif Virani.



Our first screenings!

Getting ready for film’s premiere! Sept. 12

We’ve had four screenings in Toronto, one in Edmonton, and two in Sudbury. Photos, notes. some audience reactions (and a brief video clip of Bill’s salute to “Sudbury – that’s my heart”) on this page.

More to come.


Below is a 4 minute  trailer;.  Click full-screen icon (to left of “vimeo”.)

Trailer Credits

Film Directed by: Oksana Kuryliw
Produced by: Oksana Kuryliw & John Leeson


“Kalina Nehh Verba”
Traditional, performed by St Nicholas Mandolin Ensemble,
Lawrence Pshyk conductor
Used with permission of Lawrence Pshyk

“The Parting”
Traditional, arranged by Brian Cherwick & Mykola Kusch
Performed by The Kubasonics
Used with permission of Brian Cherwick

“Ma-Ma FC”
Composed by Vincent Segal
Performed by Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal
Used with permission of Vincent Segal and No Format! Records


Sudbury Regional Council Meeting from Northern Cable Services
Used with permission of Eastlink TV

Radio Interview with Bill

From “Memories & Music” on CKSO-FM
Used with permission of Vale Canada Limited and Newcap Radio


Kuryliw family collection. Sudbury “Welcome” arch courtesy Bruno Zaoral


Funding for this film has been provided in part by:

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