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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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Oct. 31 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 2 at 11:00 am

The life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together on an original play that explores the often painful paths that landed the women behind bars and also shares some of their fragile visions for the future.

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park
Dana Moos /

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Oct. 24 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 26 at 11:30 am

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

Arcadia National Bar in Portland, Maine

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Oct. 24 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 26 at 11:00 am

Video game industry journalist and historian John Andersen profiles Arcadia National Bar, a Portland, Maine arcade bar that opened in 2014.

Ben Kilham with bear cubs.
Robert Caputo /

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Oct. 17 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 19 at 11:30 am

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.

A production still from Dear Georgina

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Oct. 17 at 10:15 pm
Sat., Oct. 19 at 11:15 am

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., Oct. 17 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 19 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.

I Dream the Colors video still

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

The story of talented artists and the town that embraces them. Photographed over two years, this film attempts to show the artists as they are: fully actualized people.

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

A Scattering of Stars title graphic

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Oct. 3 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 5 at 11:00 am

In an area of the world noted for its great musicians Chris Norman is among the true masters. A virtuoso of the flute whether he is playing traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebecois tunes or classical baroque compositions, he has thrilled audiences across the Western World.

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

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mill Town a site-specific, multimedia dance performance choregraphed by Stephan Koplowitz and produced by the Bates Dance Festival.

The DVD cover image for The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

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

The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes is a documentary film about New England country music, told through the story of a Maine record label and its founder.

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

A feature-length documentary about what happens to behaviorally-challenged children when they enter schools where educators are not able to mitigate the nonconforming behaviors. The film’s investigative focus is on how the system uses discipline rather than effective measures, leading to a school-to-prison pipeline for many disadvantaged students.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 29 at 10:30 pm
Sat., August 31 at 11:30 am

When city councilors in Saco, Maine, voted in 2007 to tear down and replace a rare 19th century stone arch bridge, local residents quickly organized a campaign to save the beloved structure. Little did they know their efforts to save Stackpole Bridge, “Maine’s oldest bridge on a public roadway,” would require a sustained eight-year effort, leading them through a maze of politics, community soul-searching, and monetary wrangling.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 29 at 10:00 pm
Sat., August 31 at 11:00 am

Learn about the first woman ever appointed to serve in a Presidential cabinet, Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor for Franklin Delano Roosevelt from 1933-1945. Perkins' family has Maine roots dating back to the early 1700s in Newcastle, Maine. The property is still owned by the family today.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 15 at 10:00 pm

A poetic documentary that reflects on the passage of time and how we mark and record it wrapped around the celebration of the life of a dog.

Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra & Dudley Laufman

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., August 10 at 11:00 am

On Sunday March 20, 2016, sixteen musicians came together in the Chapel at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts to make a recording. It was familiar territory for some, as the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra first recorded there in 1972.