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.

Ways to Connect

Creating Gardiner Film Poster
www.johnsonhall.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 22 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.

Home video jacket image for Song of the Drum
bowdoin.edu

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 16 at 11:00 pm

This film presents the many examples of Petroglyphs in Maine, who made them, why they were made and what they mean.

In Maine, the Native Americans began carving images into stone ledges beginning about 3,000 years ago. These petroglyphs, probably the work of shamans, were used as metaphors of the spirit quest or to help memorize chants. Because the petroglyphs had powerful spiritual qualities, they were avoided by the uninitiated.

Cabot Lyford in a still from Portrait of a Man as Artist.
pressherald.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 13 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 15 at 11:30 am

Dale Schierholt's intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflection of a master sculptor. Filmed primarily at his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander.

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

A still from "The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides"
www.nsi-canada.ca

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 13 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 15 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.

1906 Stanley Steamer Model H Vanderbilt Cup Racer
oldcarandtruckpictures.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 9 at 11:00 pm

Story of polish, shine and pampering and living in part of America's past. Not many Stanley steam powered are cars left in this world. The film accompanies many of these old cars touring Vermont. Stanley Brothers hailed from Kingfield, Maine.

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

A still from Visionaries Episode 1803A
visionaries.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 9 at 5:00 pm

Visionaries host, Sam Waterston, invites viewers to explore the remarkable capacity Americans have to create innovative solutions to global issues. You will learn about two organizations that are changing lives all across Maine. In this episode, we travel to the State of Maine to tell stories about two organizations — Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Chewonki — who focus on people, their vital connection to each other and to the natural world.

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

A poster for The Northeast by Eastern film
rocklandstrand.com

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

An illustration of the rural Northeast in an era unlike any other in American history. Seen through the photography of Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit Sumner McKane Film & Music.

A still from Growing Up Bowdoinham
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 2 at 11:00 pm

Growing up Bowdoinham is a 50 minute documentary film by Jeff Fischer about childhood in Bowdoinham, Maine, as told in interviews of 16 people, ages 9 to 97. What chores did you do? Where did your family get its food? What did you do in the summer? What was special about winter? Did you ever get in trouble? These are some of the questions people were asked by Fischer and the eight Mt. Ararat Middle School students from Bowdoinham who helped him form the ideas for the film and conduct the interviews.

I Dream the Colors video still
spindleworks.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 30 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 1 at 11:00 am

The story of talented artists and the town that embraces them. Photographed over two years, this film attempts to show the artists as they are: fully actualized people.

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

Growing Local video still
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 23 at 10:00 pm
Sat., March 25 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.

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

A still from Bayside, Maine
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 2 at 11:30 pm

It could be described as Victorian charm sitting on the side of the bay. The lure of this small Summer community of cottages on Penobscot Bay runs deeper than charm. Bayside was founded in the 1840's as a Methodist camp ground.

A still frame from Ice Harvesting Sampler
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sun., February 19 at 1:00 pm

This compilation shows newsreel and amateur footage of ice harvesting operations in Maine and includes ice-house interiors with massive ice blocks being maneuvered at high speed, and horse teams delivering ice to brownstones in Boston.

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

Home video jacket for Snowbirds: Mainers who go South in Winter
crownofmaineproductions.com

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

Explore why some Mainers choose to spend the winter in Florida and how their Maine origins influence the way they live their lives in the Sunshine State.

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

The poster for Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story
informedsharing.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 9 at 10:30 pm
Sat., February 11 at 11:30 am

On May 25, 1965 — Lewiston, Maine hosted one of the most controversially and famous sporting events of all time — the heavyweight boxing championship between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Punch — Raising Ali, will focus not just on the events surround the fight, but will explore aspects of personal memories, civic and cultural identity, and inevitable changes that come with time.

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

A stone carver at work
lifesworkfilms.com

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

A look inside the creative routines and personal stories of a collection of master craftspeople 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.

For more information about this production visit Breakwater Studios.

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