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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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.

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

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

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.

Film poster for High Water Mark

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 27 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 29 at 11:00 am

In the last days before the internet changed the music industry forever, one small-town band’s will to succeed became the stuff of legend.

The Pants ruled the Burlington, Vermont music scene in the 1990s, combining the lo-fi underground aesthetic of bands like Guided By Voices and Pavement with songwriting chops reminiscent of The Pixies and Weezer’s River Cuomo. The Pants played “indie rock” before it had a name. They could tear the roof off with crunching post-punk noise suffused with jazzy chords and rhythms. They could just as easily leave ladies swooning and guys crying in their beers with their bittersweet ballads. Their singular sound garnered the attention of music labels as well as the enduring admiration of Vermont contemporaries such as Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, James Kochalka Superstar, and Trey Anastasio of Phish.


A still frame from Liz

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 27 at 8:00 pm

A troubled and homeless teen from Portland, Maine finds salvation, peace and success when her street fighting leads to amateur boxing.

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

Finding Traction poster

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., July 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 21 at 11:00 am

Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail.

The documentary asks what drives her to attempt such an incredible feat, and follows Nikki's journey from its beginning — training and racing in the Rocky mountains — to her actual record attempt through Vermont's beautiful but brutal Green Mountains.

Throughout the film, Nikki's crew and support team provide an intimate portrayal of the courage, grit, and passion behind her record attempt, and interviews with the world's leading evolutionary biologists, including Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run, shed light on the science and psychology behind Nikki's incredible race against time.

For Nikki, this well-publicized run is more than a chance to inspire people to be active and spend time outdoors, it's her way of encouraging women and girls to take an equal place for themselves in professional sports. In addition to providing an inside look into the journey of an elite athlete, Finding Traction gives viewers a new perspective on the endurance of the human body and spirit, and informs us all us, regardless of our sex, of our true potential and inspires us to reach it.

Finding Traction was produced by Jamie Jacobsen.

For more information and home video/streaming information visit the Finding Traction website.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 20 at 8:00 pm

Several young people share their struggles with opiate abuse as one family is confronted with the overdose of their son, Will Gates, a University of Vermont student.

"Maine: America's Coast" cover image Dobbs

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

The Maine Coast — so distant from most of America — is in fact where America began. Rugged and raw, it has inspired a nation's creative genius — poets, painters, and ponderers. And still today it is the coast to which millions of Americans turn for recreation or re-creation. It borders the state of Maine, but this is America's coast. In this exquisite video, explore its length (3,500 miles), see its sights (simply beautiful), share its lives (beautifully simple). Through seasons and centuries, exult on America's coast. Narrated by Jack Perkins, with a musical score by John Cooper, Maine — America's Coast is a stunning video and a beautiful.

Maine: America's Coast is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

The camp site for the North Pond Hermit, a.k.a Christopher Knight

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 13 at 8:00 pm

When the news broke that a man had been hiding in the woods of Maine for 27 years, it turned into a media sensation. Overnight, the identity of the legendary "North Pond Hermit" was disclosed and he became the talk of the town.

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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 6 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 8 at 11:00 am

Relive this epic story as it unfolds through rare, archival black and white and color film footage of Bangor and Aroostook steam and diesel power in action, century-old photographs of the line’s construction era, and on-camera appearances by retired employees. This railroad forged an iron link between America’s rugged Northeast and the rest of the nation. See the road’s freight and passenger trains as they highball through Maine’s scenic railroad vistas!

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 6 at 8:00 pm

Maine's 16th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the 15 Maine units engaged in the battle of Gettysburg from July 1st through the 3rd in 1863, participated in what came to be known as the pivotal battle of the American Civil War. The 16th's efforts, in many ways, helped decide the outcome. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the war ultimately resulting in Union victory.

Brew Hampshire logo

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 29 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 1 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.

Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra & Dudley Laufman

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 22 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 24 at 11:00 am

On Sunday March 20, 2016, sixteen musicians came together in the Chapel at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts to make a recording. It was familiar territory for some, as the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra first recorded there in 1972.

Heroin Addiction

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 15 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 17 at 11:00 am

Filmed in Washington County in Winter of 2016, by University of Maine at Machais Downeast Documentary Project, is a first person look of an epidemic affecting every neighborhood in America.

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory image
Sunlight Media Collective

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Jun 1 at 10:00 pm

Traverse the landscape of deal-making and deal-breaking which has historically defined tribal-state relations in Maine. Spanning from the 1700s to the present-day legal battle being played out in Penobscot Nation v. Mills.

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory illustrates the history of the Penobscots' tenacious fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. The Penobscot people's traditional, centuries-long stewardship to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all of Maine. It tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of astonishingly open abuse of state power.