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

Growing Local production poster

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sat., July 23 at 11:00 am

While "buying local" is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.

In three short vignettes we meet the young farm couple Ben and Tayrn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub; artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained; and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family.

These poignant stories help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine's small farms, consumers and the local food movement.

Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., July 14 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 16 at 11:30 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.

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

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., July 14 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 16 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.

A member of the Gregg family uses a team of horses to harvest the crops

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 pm

A year in the life of the Gregg family on a four hundred acre farm in Mapleton, Maine where three generations of Country folk still work the land and forest using workhorses.

From harrowing to haying, and from plowing in the fields to twitching out logs in the snowy woods, the Greggs rely on a team of six workhorses to complete their tasks. This film shows heritage farming, done by the Greggs, but it also provides a glimpse into the Gregg family life.

On the Edge still

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 pm

This documentary tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine's year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

From the Bow Seat archival image

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 3:00 pm

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.

Acadia Always

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., July 7 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 9 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.

Creating Gardiner Film Poster

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 30 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 2 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.

"Maine: America's Coast" cover image Dobbs

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sun., June 26 at 5:00 pm

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.

"Eight Ways to Fish" cover image

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sun., June 26 at 4:00 pm

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 Lilac Ridge Farm family

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 25 at 11:30 am

A film about sustainable agriculture and local food, centered on a family run farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm was produced by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video.

A still from "The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides"

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 25 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.

"Dancing at the Mill" cover image Dobbs

MPBN TV Air Times:
Sun., June 19 at 5:00 pm

In 1761 Abraham Somes sailed to Mt. Desert Island and settled in a sheltered harbor at the head of Somes Sound. This film celebrates the generations who have followed. Using the island's rich troves of historical photographs as well as early film footage, the film paints a picture of two centuries of daily life on the island. The film was written by Gunnar Hansen with a music scored and performed by Bob Habib and narration by Jack Perkins. It was filmed, edited and produced by Dobbs Productions, with support from the Mt. Desert Island Historical Society and Savage family.

Dancing at the Mill: Two Centuries of Life on Mount Desert Island is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Acadia Sights and Sounds" cover image Dobbs

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., June 16 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 18 at 11:00 am

A treat for the senses — talented filmmaker Jeff Dobbs brings us breathtaking natural scenes of Acadia. Makes you long to be there.

Acadia Sights and Sounds is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Katahdin: The Mountain of the People" cover image Dobbs

MPBN TV Air Times:
Wed., June 15 at 8:00 pm

Experience the glory of Mount Katahdin, Maine's most beloved and highest mountain. The beginning or the end of the Appalachian Trail. This video highlights the dedication of Percival Baxter as he strove to preserve the mountain and its surrounds. Narrated by Jack Perkins with original music by John Cooper.

Katahdin: The Mountain of the People is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.