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Chapters and Verses: “Action Bill” returns to Sudbury

Toronto, November 2, 2017 – The new documentary, Chapters and Verses: Action Bill’s Walk Through Life about the life of the late Wasyl Kuryliw, one of the most remarkable figures in Sudbury’s  Ukrainian-Canadian community will have two screenings in Sudbury this month, including a showing at the inaugural edition of the Junction North International Documentary Film Festival.

Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw came to Canada in 1928 at the age of 18 and is remembered as a larger-than-life personality.  He was a founder of the Ukrainian National Federation’s Sudbury branch as well as the Sudbury Ukrainian Credit Union, and was passionate in fostering Ukrainian culture. But he was also dedicated to promoting the city of Sudbury, and when he moved to Toronto in 1997, members of Sudbury Regional Council gave him a moving tribute.

One of his lasting contributions was establishing the “Wasyl and Anna Kuryliw Family Fund Ivan Franko Scholarships” in Ukrainian folklore at the University of Alberta in 1988.

Using archival video, audio and photographs as well as interviews with those who remember him, the film tells the story of a man whose energy, dedication and positive attitude earned him the nickname “Action Bill”.

The film is directed by his daughter, Oksana Kuryliw, and produced by her and her husband, John Leeson. It had its premiere screening in Toronto on September 12. Among the many responses to the film:

  • “A beautifully sensitive film”
  • “What a beautiful tribute… A history of a family but also a history of an individual who created and enriched a number of communities.”
  • Orest Sushko, director of the documentary Music of Survival: The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus says Chapters and Verses “provides a timeless tribute to our previous generations and an enriching narrative to present to our community.”


Website & trailer:

Details of Sudbury screenings
Note: The filmmakers will be in attendance at both events, and available for Q&A. Both screenings are free.

Chapters and Verses: Action Bill`s Walk Through Life (67 minutes)

Saturday, November 11, 11:00am
(following a minute of silence)
McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street
(Junction North International Documentary Film Festival)

Sunday, November 12, 2:00pm
Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre
30 Notre Dame Avenue

For information email

Hi-res photos  available below, along with poster:

This film has been funded in part by:

  • The Olzhych Foundation
  • The UNF Foundation
  • SUS Foundation of Canada
  • Shevchenko Foundation, The Temerty Family Foundation Community Development Fund
  • Ukrainian Credit Union Limited
  • Prometheus Foundation