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

The Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith still
youtube.com/Jeff Dobbs

MPBN TV Air Time:
Tue., June 14 at 9:00 pm

A full length documentary about the life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith hosted by Jack Perkins looks at the long and wholly remarkable life of Maine’s own "Grand Lady", as Smith was known to many. Hers was a life of firsts, and her career carried her far from her Skowhegan home, but it was to Maine that she always returned, and it was for Maine that Senator Margaret Chase Smith worked so hard all her life.

The Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

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

MPBN TV Air Time:
Thur., June 2 at 10:00 pm

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.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk
video.nhptv.org

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., May 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 28 at 11:00 am

Every year, Broad-Winged hawks embark on a spectacular 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. This is the story of their flight.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk follows the raptors' two-month, 4,500-mile migration from New Hampshire &8212; over an Appalachian flyway in Pennsylvania, over Corpus Christi, Texas &8212; to their arrival in the rainforests of Ecuador and the Maquipucuna Reserve. Along the way, we meet the people and communities who follow and celebrate the hawks' journey.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk was produced by Phil Vaughn of New Hampshire Public Television.

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

Finding Traction poster
documentarystorm.com

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., May 19 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 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.

Life's Work Opening Title
ravenview.com

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., May 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 14 at 11:00 am

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers invites viewers inside the creative routines and personal stories of a collection of master crafts people living on Canada's Eastern Seaboard, whose life experiences have shaped their work in tandem with their own two hands. Each of the six short episodes documents the artistry of such crafts as stone carving, wood turning and carving, sculpting, felting, and metal smithing.

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers was produced by Ben Proudfoot of Craft Alliance Canada & Breakwater Studios & Bernard Burton.

For more information and home video/streaming information visit the Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers website.

Working on the roof of the new cabin
berndheinrichfilm.blogspot.com

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sat., April 30 at 11:00 am

An Uncommon Curiosity: at Home and in Nature With Bernd Heinrich follows Bernd Heinrich, considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, over the course of a year, as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing.

Heinrich has been both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Harvard Fellow, and has been awarded two honorary doctorates. Considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, Heinrich has written 18 books on various aspects of the natural world and published numerous scholarly papers, professional book reviews, book chapters, and articles for magazines and newspapers as diverse as the New York Times, Outside and Runners World. In addition to his scholarly work he is a world-class ultra-marathoner currently holding a U.S. 100-mile track record.

Produced by Jan Cannon of Jan Cannon Films (visit the website for home video options and other information).

Winnipesaukee River Basin in New Hampshire
winnipesaukeegateway.org

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., April 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 23 at 11:00 am

Clearing the Water: The story of the Lakes Region Clean Waters Association is the story of citizen action and the importance of protecting the environment. It is the story of how a small, local group of active citizens provided leadership to the entire country in the very early days of the environmental movement.

The Lakes Region Clean Waters Association was founded in late 1969 to clean up New Hampshire's Lake Winnisquam. Through door-to-door campaigning, informational meetings, dogged research, good PR, law suits and threats of law suits, the Clean Waters Association challenged the City of Laconia to do something about its sewage discharge into the lake. The actions of this group led to the construction of a major state run waste water treatment facility that today serves 10 communities in the Lakes Region.

Clearing the Water: The story of the Lakes Region Clean Waters Association was produced by John Gfroerer of Accompany Films.

Visit the Accompany Films website for home video options and other information.

Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood DVD Jacket
www.mdislander.com

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

East By North East DVD Jacket Image
www.ggpfilms.com

MPBN TV Air Times:
Thur., March 31 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 2 at 11:00 am

The world can be a small place but when you put a fly rod in your hand, the world becomes a generous playground. From Canada's wilderness to island living and of course the North East at its best, life on the road has never been so thrilling.

High water, puddle-jumpers, remote locales, conservation, big bugs and generous grins, this film goes on forever and the party never ends.

Roland Salazar at the easel painting
Roland Salazar Rose

MPBN TV Air Time:
Sat., Dec. 26 at 11:30 am

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.

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