Bicentennial Community Films Series

Thursday Evenings at 9:00 pm (Saturday afternoons at 2:00/2:30 pm)

With a variety of partners including Northeast Historic Film, we have curated some exceptional films that show rare glimpses into Maine’s past. In fact, every film we show in 2020 will be connected in some way to celebrating the richness and diversity of Maine. Our Maine Public’s Bicentennial Community Films Series is possible through the generous support of The Jackson Laboratory and Fallbrook Woods.

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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Growing Local production poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 1 at 9:00 pm
Sat., October 3 at 2:00 pm

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.

Photo by Isaac Simpson
Courtesy Sumner McKane

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Sept. 24 at 9:00 pm

Explore the life, work, family and culture in Northern Maine at the turn of the century; eulogizing the exemplary photography of Isaac Simpson.

Wabanaki Confederacy Logo

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Sept. 17 at 9:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 19 at 2:30 pm

The history of the Wabanaki, or People of the Dawn Land — The Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Peoples — dates back at least 11,000 years in what is now called Maine and Maritime Canada. When Europeans came to live in the Wabanaki homeland during the early 1600s an estimated 32,000 Wabanaki People inhabited the region.

A production still from Dear Georgina

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Sept. 17 at 9:15 pm
Sat., Sept. 19 at 2:15 pm

A Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

A still frame from First Light

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 17 at 9:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 19 at 2:00 pm

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.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., September 10 at 9:30 pm
Sat., September 12 at 2:30 pm

Built in Baltimore in 1924 and christened the John Wannamaker this 118 foot tugboat served the City of Philadelphia for decades. Although she did some towing along the Delaware, she was specially designed for entertaining, and carried dignitaries up and down the river in style.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., September 10 at 9:00 pm
Sat., September 12 at 2:00 pm

Examine the unique working relationship between human and domestic animal within the current and traditional context of horse pulling; and addresses the controversial question, What is abuse?

Ashley Bryan reading Beautiful Blackbird

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., September 3 at 9:00 pm
Sat., September 5 at 2:30 pm

A 97 year old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet/illustrator of 50 children's books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Ashley Bryan lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., August 22 at 2:00 pm

A look at what makes a small town along the Maine Coast a unique and vibrant community.

Wiscasset Speedway in 1975

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 13 at 9:00 pm
Sat., August 15 at 2:00 pm

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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 6 at 9:00 pm
Sat., August 8 at 2:00 pm

From lobster pots and four-masted schooners to whitewater canoeing and seine fishing, step back in time to 1901 and travel through the decades as we explore Maine's nautical past.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 30 at 9:00 pm
Sat., August 1 at 2:00 pm

An aerial tour of the coast of Maine by filmmaker Jeff Dobbs.

US Route 1 marker in Fort Kent, Maine

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 23 at 9:00 pm
Sat., July 25 at 2:00 pm

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.

Canoeists navigate the Long Lake Dam section of the Allgash Wilderness Waterway

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 16 at 9:00 pm
Sat., JuLY 18 at 2:00 pm

It has been a highway to the Native Americans, a vital corridor to Maine's lumber business, and a world-class canoe trip. The Allagash River's uses have been as varied as its twists and turns. Its mystical hold on visitors is unlike that of no other place. Come discover the history of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway — From it's creation in 1966 — with those who live and work there. Northrunner explores the history of this gem of a park in the middle of a working forest. Learn why this place is so revered and engenders so much passion.

Sternman Scott Beede returns an undersized lobster while checking traps in Mount Desert, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/via Bangor Daily News

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 9 at 9:30 pm
Sat., July 11 at 2:30 pm

As Maine scientists research the impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine, they reckon with what the unsettling data tells us about the future, and what role they should play in advocating for change.