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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Ben Kilham with bear cubs.
Robert Caputo / unhmagazine.unh.edu

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Monday, October 22 at 9:30 pm

A look into black bear researcher Ben Kilham’s unconventional hands-on tecnniques borne of lifetime of academic adversity.

Ben Kilham, the author of Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild, has received national coverage from media outlets such as The Huffington Post and National Geographic Channel, which reported on the 20 years he has spent raising orphaned black bear cubs and studying their behavior. Out of the Den, the short documentary created by Dartmouth student filmmakers, highlights Kilham's personal life through interviews with Kilham, his associates, and his family. Audiences learn about his theories on bear observation, his gunsmith business, his father’s influence, and his battle with dyslexia.

The camp site for the North Pond Hermit, a.k.a Christopher Knight
flickr.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 18 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 20 at 11:30 am

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.

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park
Dana Moos / flickr.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 20 at 11:00 am

Jeff Dobbs brings us another beautiful scenic birds eye view of Acadia, in time for the Fall Foliage.

Food for Change poster
space538.org

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

The Heroin Effect title still
theheroineffect.com

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

An honest yet surprisingly hopeful look at what addiction really looks like; who is working on the grassroots level to fight it and how we can help with recovery efforts in our own communities.

Wiscasset Speedway in 1975
wiscassetspeedway.com

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

The film tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine, and illustrates the character of the Maine racecar driver.

A still from Forgotten Farms
facebook.com

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

Dairy Farms remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale.

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

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history.

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

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., September 6 at 10:00 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.

Marian McPartland
Ochs Archives / Getty Images

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

This film documents the life and career of jazz legend Marian McPartland as musician, composer, and host of National Public Radio’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.

vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 16 at 10:00 pm

This film explores how Acadian heritage has been preserved and has evolved in the St. John Valley to the present day.

Prince Edward Island
CNN

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

Canadian Journalist Brandy Yanchyk explores Canada's Maritime provinces; Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, followed by a trip to Quebec City, where she participates in the annual Winter Carnival.

Broad axe throwing
axemaine.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 9 at 10:00 pm
Sat., August 11 at 11:00 am

The poetic documentary film, The Song of the Broad Axe, uses an iconic object to explore the lives of people who have chosen to live a more purposeful life — one that involves using an axe on a daily basis. The film consists of a series of vignettes structured around the theme of building a life for yourself, through the lines of Walt Whitman’s 1856 poem Song of the Broad Axe. Each vignette explores how people use this tool to create purpose in their life, despite the availability of faster, more efficient ways of doing things. This film gives a glimpse into the lives of competitive axe throwers, woodsmen team coaches, axe historians, axe makers, and home builders. Ultimately The Song of the Broad Axe is a film about finding yur place in the world and the tools you use to do it.

Blachford Lake Lodge
smaku.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 2 at 10:30 pm
Sat., August 4 at 11:30 am

Canadian Journalist Brandy Yanchyk explores Western Newfoundland's Quirpon Lighthouse Inn, Viking history and Gros Morne National Park. Next, she learns to fish on Blachford Lake Lodge, Northwest Territories with her Dene First Nations guide.

from the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave title image
vimeo.com

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

A story told through the voices of a group of women who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Landmark legislation of 1960's outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.

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