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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Home video cover for The Gift of Acadia

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 5 at 11:00 am

This is a visually beautiful video describing the private philanthropy which created Acadia National Park, and the continuing generosity of those who have cared for it throughout its history.

The Wrecking Season DVD jacket

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

The north coast of Cornwall, England is one of the best collection points in the world for long-haul drift. When a southwest gale blows for three days, artifacts and natural objects from across the world — from Labrador down to the Amazon Basin — wash up on these shores.

Food for Change poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Oct. 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 22 at 11:00 am

A story of the cooperative movement in the United States from 1930s to present with an emphasis on food co-ops.

A still frame from First Light

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Oct. 15 at 11:00 am

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is the nation's first task force dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system.

Blindsided home video jacket

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Oct. 13 at 10:00 pm

This film documents 15 years in the life of Patricia Livingstone, a feisty artist losing her sight and hearing while trying to survive her abusive girlfriend.

NextStepRun! image

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 29 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 1 at 11:00 am

Four women, including Ellie Espling of New Gloucester, ran for elective office in the mid term 2014 elections with the goal of inspiring more women to run for elective office.

Castine video jacket

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Sept. 8 at 10:00 pm

Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America. Home to the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine has a rich seafaring tradition, but there is much more to experience. In a town with no stop lights, no chain stores, and no movie houses, there is time to think.

A still frame from The Hungry Years

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 3 at 11:00 am

The Hungry Years follows a talented but homeless young musician over the course of two years as he struggles against all odds to pursue his dream of rock stardom. The film begins as we're introduced to Joel Carpenter, 21, forming his new band with members he's recently met on Craigslist. Soon he is asked to leave the relative comfort of his grandmother’s house, and so his journey into homelessness begins. His girlfriend describes this as Joel’s "nomadic lifestyle." Joel lives between his van, his "office" (the band’s rehearsal space) and crashes on various friends and relatives’ couches. Unable to hold a job very long, he is soon broke and visiting local food banks to feed himself. All through this difficult time Joel continues to write songs and performs with his band, The Effects, in bars and outdoor festivals around Maine. We follow Joel and his band’s successes and failures until tensions and dysfunction finally break the band apart. Joel is then faced with picking up the pieces and coming to terms with where his decisions have led him.

Paul Dobbins of Ocean Approved shows off the kelp grown off of Bangs Island in Casco Bay.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 20 at 11:30 am

Follow a group of environmentalist, regulators and natural resource managers as they tour aquaculture farms along Maine’s coast.

Olive Pierce in a boat off the Maine coast in 1995.
David Rivera/

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:30 am

For photographer Olive Pierce the part is never more important than the whole, not the individual more important than the community, and the photographer is never as important as the people being photographed. Her black and white photos document the spirit of community whether she finds it in high school kids, or among Maine fishing families, or with children on Iraq.

David Driskell in his studio

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:00 am

The story of one of the most important artists and authorities on African American art. Explores the influence of mentor Romare Bearden, and the creative collaboration between Driskell and his printmaker.

The film captures Driskell ruminating about the obligation of the artist to search for the creative truth "til his or her dying day."

It also breaks new ground in its exploration of the creative collaboration between Driskell and his master printmaker, Curlee Holton.

American lobster

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

This short documentary offers a rare insider's glimpse into the world of lobstering on Monhegan Island with lobsterman, Doug Boynton.

A still frame from Second Century Stewardship: The Science Beyond the Scenery

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

It is the dawn of the second century for Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service. At this historic centennial moment, we explore the science beyond they stunning scenery of Acadia National Park to better understand opportunities for wise stewardship of these national treasures to benefit future generations.

Growing Local production poster

Maine Public 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.

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

Maine Public 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.