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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Film poster for High Water Mark
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 15 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 17 at 11:00 am

In the last days before the internet changed the music industry forever, one small-town band’s will to succeed became the stuff of legend.

The Pants ruled the Burlington, Vermont music scene in the 1990s, combining the lo-fi underground aesthetic of bands like Guided By Voices and Pavement with songwriting chops reminiscent of The Pixies and Weezer’s River Cuomo. The Pants played “indie rock” before it had a name. They could tear the roof off with crunching post-punk noise suffused with jazzy chords and rhythms. They could just as easily leave ladies swooning and guys crying in their beers with their bittersweet ballads. Their singular sound garnered the attention of music labels as well as the enduring admiration of Vermont contemporaries such as Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, James Kochalka Superstar, and Trey Anastasio of Phish.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 8 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 10 at 11:00 am

Shadows Fall North delves deep into the overlooked history of racism in Northern New England — to set the record straight and most importantly, to rally us to recognize that Black history is New Hampshire history and American history.

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

A 74 year old Maine man retraces the journey of his pioneering, 19 year old great-great-grandfather, who left his home in Canada in 1845 and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine.

Oil painting of the original Spruce Mountain. c. 1959. Artist: Fonnie Austin
Artist: Fonnie Austin

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Jan. 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 27 at 11:00 am

It took a lot of effort to move this Maine mountain, but it led to a local ski revolution that benefited the entire community; and resulted in an odd lapse in memory. There's only one mountain in Jay, Maine, but most of the locals don’t know its name, much less its curious history. If you do mention its name, Spruce Mountain, they’ll direct you to a cow pasture across the river. A quirky tale of memories lost, “The Town that Moved a Mountain” tells how in the late 1950s, a group of ski enthusiasts built a successful ski area on Spruce Mountain and then just two years later, moved the whole operation to a new location. Including the name! In doing so, they brought together a community and made an impact that carries on to this day.

A child rides in the bow of a canoe during spring run-off high water at the Head of Tide Park in Topsham.
facebook.com

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

This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community.

Fred Harris, Class of 1911, founder of the Dartmouth Outing Club, soars through the air following his jump at the first Winter Carnival, which took place in 1911.
Rauner Special Collections Library

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

Passion for Snow highlights the role of people from Dartmouth College, Hanover NH and Northern New England in developing all aspects of the modern ski industry since 1910, including initiating early alpine ski racing to leading the 10th Mountain Division in WWII to creating the Olympics, most ski resorts and all aspects of the greater ski industry.

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

Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
Crown of Maine Productions

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., December 21 at 9:30 pm
Sun., December 24 5:30 pm

This show features the sights and sounds of old fashioned Christmas traditions in Aroostook. Scenes includes sleigh rides, Caribou Choral Society, making Saint Lucia buns in New Sweden, Presque Isle Light Parade, the Heavenly Harpers of Houlton and making tourtiere in The St John Valley, to name a few.

Helen Nearing surveying the land
youtube.com

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

This story examines the lives and deaths of Maine authors Helen Nearing and her husband, Scott, who were best known for their book about homesteading practices called "Living the Good Life." More than a biography, this hour-long documentary looks at the Nearings' commitment to self-sufficiency and voluntary simplicity and unveils the spiritual philosophy that underlay their lives and work.

US Route 1 marker in Fort Kent, Maine
travelwiththelocals.blogspot.com

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

People, potatoes, paper and ploys. US Highway One is the main artery of the Eastern United States. It links thirteen states, their cities, towns and people.

Saco River Indian Cellar DVD Jacket
mainehistory.org

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

In 2007, the residents of Hollis, Maine were stunned to discover the historic Indian Cellar Property was being converted into a 12 lot subdivision. This inspiring documentary details the long, difficult journey taken to preserve and protect this diverse riverfront property.

Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire
wikipedia.org

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

Using a wealth of rare archival films, animation, and traditional New England fiddle music, this film tells a 250-year history of an enduring form of community music and dance.

Explore the changing nature of community life through an enduring form of music and dance. The film traces the music’s arrival to New England from the British Isles in the 1750s, to its height in popularity following the American Revolution, to its near extinction and current revitalization in the twentieth century.

Acadia Always
youtube.com

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

A brand new look at one of America’s favorite national parks. Jack Perkins, former NBC News correspondent and host of A&E’s Biography series, lends his powerful narrative to this hour long tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. The photography of Jeff Dobbs and Bing Miller, who call Acadia home, and the music of John Cooper, will lift your spirits and keep Acadia alive in your heart always.

From the Bow Seat archival image
youtube.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

This documentary film explores environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine: topography; history, including depletion of cod stocks, puffin seabird restoration; and sustainable lobstering. The film follows the fimmaker and her family on a week's cruise along the Maine coast interviewing experts such as Colin Woodard, the author of The Lobster Coast, Stephen Kress (from Project Puffin), Diane Cowan (lobster conservationist), Sherm Stanley and Foy Brown, two longtime lobstermen and Carl Wilson a lobster biologist from the DMR and get a first hand look at their project sites along the coast.

A still frame from How County Government Works
youtube.com

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

County Commissioner Betty Johnson tours all the different departments that make up county government in Waldo County. She meets with the heads of each department and they explain why they are a necessary part of the county system. She visits the Emergency Management Agency, Regional Communications Center, Sheriff’s Department, County jail, Re-entry Center, County Commissioner's and Treasurer's Office, DA's Office, Registry of Probate, Registry of Deeds and County Records.

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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

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.

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