Maine Public Community Films

Thursday Evenings at 10:00 pm (repeats Saturday mornings at 11:00 am)

Maine Public Community Films presents a diverse offering of independently produced films that showcase regional people, places, and topics.

If you are a producer interested in submitting a film for possible broadcast on Maine Public Community Films please download the Film Submission Packet here.

If you are interested in learning more about each film and the filmmakers click the image or the title of the film.

Are you a fan of Maine Public Community Films? We want to hear from you!

We have created the following categories for you to rank each film (1 through 10 rating with 10 being the best): Creativity, Visual Appeal, Storyline and Impact. We also recognize that you may have more to say so please take advantage of the "open comments" lines and send on any thoughts you might have. All comments will be used when evaluating the films.

Send your completed ballot to:

Community Films, Maine Public
1450 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

We will use the ballots to narrow down the potential winners from September 2016 to June 2017 and announce the winning film next year at the Making it in Maine Day at the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) in July, 2017.

By the way, our friends at MIFF are so excited about this award that each month one submitted ballot will be selected to receive a VIP Pass to the Maine International Film Festival in 2017!

Ways to Connect

Walter Ungerer
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 30 at 11:30 pm

Acclaimed experimental filmmaker, Walter Ungerer, shares some of his latest in this visually thoughtful compilation.

A still from Placing the Mark / Marking the Place
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 30 at 11:00 pm

Profiles of Maine artist working in different mediums reflect upon their art and creative process.

Placing the Mark / Marking the Place was produced by the College of the Atlantic and David Camlin.

Brew Hampshire logo
behance.net

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., April 27 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 29 at 11:00 am

An award-winning feature length documentary about the rise of craft beer in the Granite State. It showcases the varying shapes and sizes of breweries in New Hampshire, the fascinating personalities behind their creations, and what it is about New Hampshire that attracts the entrepreneurial spirit.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

A still from artWORKS
farnsworthmuseum.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 23 at 11:30 pm

Teens associated with the Farnsworh Art Museum tell the stories of Midcoast teens negotiating real-life issues, such as homelessness and school dropout, and imaginatively recast them in miniature with hand-crafted sets, including a Lego village, shadow puppets, and claymation figures. In a layered and poignant narrative, teens anonymously recount how art—dance, music, theater, the written word, or the visual arts—helped them through particularly challenging times in their lives. The students creatively visualized these narratives in ways that are both sensitive and magical, demonstrating how "art works" as a form of solace and inspiration.

A still from Stories of the Land and It's People
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 23 at 11:00 pm

Stories includes the art and academic work of over 140 students who participated in a year-long collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and four Maine public schools: Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville and Islesboro. An arts integrated school initiative for Midcoast Maine, Stories was organized so that the students would learn how to use digital photography and video in their studies of English Language Arts, History and Social Sciences, and other disciplines.

Home video jacket image for Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 23 at 5:00 pm

A story about a long-time Bass Harbor resident, and boat builder, Chummy Rich. This documentary follows the design and building of the Andromeda, a 28-foot cabin cruiser designed by Mr. Rich's father.

Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder was produced by Jeff Dobbs of Jeff Dobbs Productions.

Creating Gardiner Film Poster
www.johnsonhall.org

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., April 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 22 at 11:00 am

This film explores a diverse array of creative talents celebrating the creative people and spaces in Gardiner, Maine. Interviews with members of the community and performances creative spaces are interspersed with features focusing on different artist in Gardiner to give the public a snapshot of the local creative community that is constantly evolving and expanding.

Creating Gardiner was produced by Lee Arnott of Sweet Thunder Productions.

Home video jacket image for Song of the Drum
bowdoin.edu

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 16 at 11:00 pm

This film presents the many examples of Petroglyphs in Maine, who made them, why they were made and what they mean.

In Maine, the Native Americans began carving images into stone ledges beginning about 3,000 years ago. These petroglyphs, probably the work of shamans, were used as metaphors of the spirit quest or to help memorize chants. Because the petroglyphs had powerful spiritual qualities, they were avoided by the uninitiated.

Cabot Lyford in a still from Portrait of a Man as Artist.
pressherald.com

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., April 13 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 15 at 11:30 am

Dale Schierholt's intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflection of a master sculptor. Filmed primarily at his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

A still from "The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides"
www.nsi-canada.ca

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., April 13 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 15 at 11:00 am

Weir fishing is not only the oldest known fishing methods, it is also one of the most sustainable. This film follows the 2014 fishing season at the “Porter Weir” in the Minas Basin, from construction of the massive weir in the spring to its tear down in the fall.

The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides is produced by Jerry Lockett.

1906 Stanley Steamer Model H Vanderbilt Cup Racer
oldcarandtruckpictures.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 9 at 11:00 pm

Story of polish, shine and pampering and living in part of America's past. Not many Stanley steam powered are cars left in this world. The film accompanies many of these old cars touring Vermont. Stanley Brothers hailed from Kingfield, Maine.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

A still from Visionaries Episode 1803A
visionaries.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 9 at 5:00 pm

Visionaries host, Sam Waterston, invites viewers to explore the remarkable capacity Americans have to create innovative solutions to global issues. You will learn about two organizations that are changing lives all across Maine. In this episode, we travel to the State of Maine to tell stories about two organizations — Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Chewonki — who focus on people, their vital connection to each other and to the natural world.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

A poster for The Northeast by Eastern film
rocklandstrand.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 6 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 8 at 10:00 am

An illustration of the rural Northeast in an era unlike any other in American history. Seen through the photography of Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit Sumner McKane Film & Music.

A still from Growing Up Bowdoinham
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 2 at 11:00 pm

Growing up Bowdoinham is a 50 minute documentary film by Jeff Fischer about childhood in Bowdoinham, Maine, as told in interviews of 16 people, ages 9 to 97. What chores did you do? Where did your family get its food? What did you do in the summer? What was special about winter? Did you ever get in trouble? These are some of the questions people were asked by Fischer and the eight Mt. Ararat Middle School students from Bowdoinham who helped him form the ideas for the film and conduct the interviews.

I Dream the Colors video still
spindleworks.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 30 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 1 at 11:00 am

The story of talented artists and the town that embraces them. Photographed over two years, this film attempts to show the artists as they are: fully actualized people.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

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