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 Community Films 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.

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Helen Nearing surveying the land
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 16 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 18 at 11:00 am

This story examines the lives and deaths of Maine authors Helen Nearing and her husband, Scott, who were best known for their book about homesteading practices called "Living the Good Life." More than a biography, this hour-long documentary looks at the Nearings' commitment to self-sufficiency and voluntary simplicity and unveils the spiritual philosophy that underlay their lives and work.

Helen Nearing: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying is produced and directed by Andrea Sarris and Polly Bennel.

Watch online: vimeo.com

US Route 1 marker in Fort Kent, Maine
travelwiththelocals.blogspot.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 9 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 11 at 11:00 am

People, potatoes, paper and ploys. US Highway One is the main artery of the Eastern United States. It links thirteen states, their cities, towns and people.

Saco River Indian Cellar DVD Jacket
mainehistory.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 2 at 10:30 pm
Sat., November 4 at 11:30 am

In 2007, the residents of Hollis, Maine were stunned to discover the historic Indian Cellar Property was being converted into a 12 lot subdivision. This inspiring documentary details the long, difficult journey taken to preserve and protect this diverse riverfront property.

Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire
wikipedia.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 2 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 4 at 11:00 am

Using a wealth of rare archival films, animation, and traditional New England fiddle music, this film tells a 250-year history of an enduring form of community music and dance.

Explore the changing nature of community life through an enduring form of music and dance. The film traces the music’s arrival to New England from the British Isles in the 1750s, to its height in popularity following the American Revolution, to its near extinction and current revitalization in the twentieth century.

Acadia Always
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 28 at 11:00 am

A brand new look at one of America’s favorite national parks. Jack Perkins, former NBC News correspondent and host of A&E’s Biography series, lends his powerful narrative to this hour long tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. The photography of Jeff Dobbs and Bing Miller, who call Acadia home, and the music of John Cooper, will lift your spirits and keep Acadia alive in your heart always.

Acadia Always is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

From the Bow Seat archival image
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

This documentary film explores environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine: topography; history, including depletion of cod stocks, puffin seabird restoration; and sustainable lobstering. The film follows the fimmaker and her family on a week's cruise along the Maine coast interviewing experts such as Colin Woodard, the author of The Lobster Coast, Stephen Kress (from Project Puffin), Diane Cowan (lobster conservationist), Sherm Stanley and Foy Brown, two longtime lobstermen and Carl Wilson a lobster biologist from the DMR and get a first hand look at their project sites along the coast.

A still frame from How County Government Works
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 14 at 11:00 am

County Commissioner Betty Johnson tours all the different departments that make up county government in Waldo County. She meets with the heads of each department and they explain why they are a necessary part of the county system. She visits the Emergency Management Agency, Regional Communications Center, Sheriff’s Department, County jail, Re-entry Center, County Commissioner's and Treasurer's Office, DA's Office, Registry of Probate, Registry of Deeds and County Records.

The Original Food Truck cover image
youtube.com/Ramp Media Lab

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

The story of The Original Food Truck and the oldest continually operating diner on wheels is the story of the first food truck owned by woman, this late night lunch cart has served patrons for over 120 years.

Located in the birthplace of the American diner, Providence, RI, the documentary centers around the fact that Haven Bros. was almost lost to the modernizing of Providence. The diner was moved from its reserved parking spot next to Providence City Hall, and this was considered blasphemy to its loyal followers.

In the words of lifelong Providence resident and founder of artists’ collaborative AS220, Umberto Crenca, "It’s not just the physical reality of it being here, but the conceptual reality of it being not here. What would be missed?"

The story of Haven Brothers is the story of the American Dream, the American diet, and what it is to be a success.

The Original Food Truck is produced by Jeff Toste of Ramp Media Lab LLC.

"Eight Ways to Fish" cover image
nhf.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sat., September 23 at 11:00 am

It’s all about fishing, but not about fish. This video is about an island and some of the people who live on it. It’s also about finding what you are looking for. It was recorded in Stonington and Deer Isle, on the East side of Maine’s Penobscot Bay — the perfect place for exploring ways to fish. You’ll hear the stories of artists, fishermen, collectors and pie bakers. You’ll also learn about wooden boats, edible plants and medicinal potions from the sea. From crab picking to dump picking, you’ll find a community of character, independence and Down East wisdom. It is also a community of people who just happen to be located on one of the most beautiful harbors along the Maine Coast.

Eight Ways to Fish is produced by John Gfroerer of Accompany Films.

The title still for The Millennial Dream
theeastmag.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 31 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 2 at 11:00 am

Over the last decade The American Dream has been called into question. This documentary poses a new paradigm for an economy based on millennial ideals.

For more information about this production visit the film-maker's website.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 24 at 10:00 pm
Sat., August 26 at 11:00 am

A Century of Summers: The Impact of a Summer Colony on a Small Maine Coastal Town, 1886-1986 is a look at the relationships among summer and native residents of Hancock, Maine. Through old footage and modern interviews, the viewers explore personal, social, physical, cultural, economic, and psychological aspects of a summer colony.

The DVD jacket for Imber's Left Hand
mainemasters.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 17 at 10:00 pm

Imber's Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one's death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life.

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

George Dorr posing at the carved rock next to the spring canopy, c.1918. A gravel path leads to the Emery Path, one of six memorial trails built at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park c.1910s.
nps.gov

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 10 at 10:00 pm

The story of George Buckman Dorr, the father of Acadia National Park. The film documents just how Dorr with the help of others painstakingly engineered Acadia.

To learn more about the Becoming Acadia visit Dobbs Productions Inc.

Art & Spirit home video jacket/poster
http://daleschierholt.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 3 at 10:00 pm
Sat., August 5 at 11:00 am

An intimate in home and studio visit with 91 year old painter Harold Garde. He shares his thoughts on his art and offers insight into leading a fulfilling and successful life.

Light Spirit cover art
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sun., July 30 at 9:30 am

Some lighthouses warn us away. Others usher us in. All, selflessly, serve. What was life like at the lighthouses of old? What, today? And how do these ageless towers continue to cast such magical, mystical spells?

In this video — by land, by sea and air — you will visit each of the sixty-plus lighthouses that grace the coast of Maine. Towers from which, two hundred years later, still shines a certain Light Spirit. With Jack Perkins - host of A&E's Biography.

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