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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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 race 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.

Heroin Addiction
if-rat.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 28 at 11:00 am

Filmed in Washington County in Winter of 2016, by University of Maine at Machais Downeast Documentary Project, this is a first person look of an epidemic affecting every neighborhood in America.

Art & Spirit home video jacket/poster
http://daleschierholt.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 19 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 21 at 11:00 am

An intimate in home and studio visit with 91 year old painter Harold Garde. He shares his thoughts on his art and offers insight into leading a fulfilling and successful life.

A still frame from Lake Effect
video.vermontpbs.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 12 at 10:30 pm
Sat., July 14 at 11:30 am

A Northern New England based father-daughter filmmaker team sets out to explore the possible connection between neurotoxins found in the water and the onset of sporadic cases of a terminal disease.

The Local Motive title still
video.vermontpbs.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 14 at 11:00 am

The food you don't eat on your plate still has value as a resource with applications in other areas: on the farm, as rescued food, as feed for animals, and as anaerobic digesters. Think of it as resource management. This episode looks at food that may be slated to be thrown away as a possible resource with other applications. Explore the challenges of managing each stage of the hierarchy and the impending complications surrounding the implementation of Act 148, Vermont's universal recycling law which also addresses composting.

Customers at a farmer's market in Vermont
video.vermontpbs.org

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 5 at 10:30 pm
Sat., July 7 at 11:30 am

Who is the local food consumer and what are the roadblocks to getting them to eat more local? While price is the most talked about obstacle, it's only the tip of the iceberg. People who buy local food today are making a values-based purchase paying more to eat something they feel is healthier, better tasting and better for the local economy. This episode looks at how consumers arrive at the decision to eat local, and how to shift the conversation away from price and toward the benefits of making that buying decision.

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