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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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.

Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood DVD Jacket

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 11 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 13 at 11:00 am

Mount Desert Island's Ralph Stanley is an icon of Maine wooden boat building and a scholar of Maine's maritime heritage.

Roland Salazar at the easel painting
Roland Salazar Rose

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., May 7 at 11:30 pm

A unique combination of words, images, music and video of the artist at work in his studio. The Four Seasons of the Master Myth captures the thoughts, philosophy, and art of seasoned painter Roland Salazar Rose.

A still frame from Hull 111

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 4 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 6 at 11:30 am

A film about a wooden boat, a legendary boat builder and three Bowdoin College students.

Campsites on one of the 200 or so islands comprising the Maine Island Trail system

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 6 at 11:00 am

The raw beauty of the Maine Coast is captured in a 500 mile small boat solo camping adventure on the Maine Island Trail.

Seeking to honor the founders of the Maine Island Trail, and his ailing father, Doug Welch sets out on a 500-mile journey in his 17' Boston Whaler. Confronting the limitations of small-boat living and the challenges of the Maine coast, Welch tells the story of the Trail through close-up images of seven spectacular uninhibited islands and quotes from MITA’s founder. Based on the success of his two-week trip. He encourages viewers that perhaps they too can do it in a small boat.

Walter Ungerer

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.