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 Times:
Thur., January 23 at 9:00 pm
Sat., January 25 at 2:00 pm

Learn the story of the last two dairy farms along eight miles of Route 101 in Kittery and Eliot, Maine. Hear the recollections of those who are the last to farm this stretch of land.

A postcard image of Searsmont, Maine in 1908

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

A celebration of life in Searsmont, Maine. Produced in celebration of Searsmont, Maine's bicentennial, which took place in 2014. The program focuses on the people of this rural Waldo County community, and how the character of the town is shaped by its history and inhabitants.

River drivers in Maine pushing logs down river circa 1960s on a river in Maine.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 9 at 9:00 pm
Sat., January 11 at 2:00 pm

This film serves as a vivid illustration of the skills, life and character of the turn of the century Maine Lumbermen and River Drivers.

A still frame of a home movie showing a smiling woman taken in early-mid 20th century in Maine
Northeast Historic Film

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 2 at 9:00 pm
Sat., January 4 at 2:00 pm

A century of Maine life caught of film by Maine people — reflecting family, friends, livelihoods and places loved. A visual time capsule of the people of Maine. Faces of young and old; hijinks at town ice-skating parties; horses laboring in the winter woods and frolicking in spring; lobster boat-building in backyards and island picnics at the height of summer. It’s all a sample of Maine life collected and preserved at the archives of Northeast Historic Film.

The finish line, a nod to the region's forest products heritage.
Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., December 26 at 10:30 pm
Sat., December 28 at 2:30 pm

The free Millinocket Marathon & Half Marathon began in 2015 when Gary Allen read an article about what the closing of a mill did to the Mount Katahdin region.

Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
Crown of Maine Productions

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Mon., December 16 at 4:00 pm
Fri., December 20 at 10:00 pm
Tue., December 24 at 8:00 pm
Wed., December 25 at 10:30 pm
Thur., December 26 at 1:00 am
Thur., December 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., December 28 2:00 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.

A still frame from The Klondike Gold Rush

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Dec. 21 at 2:30 pm

Brandy Yanchyk travels to Dawson City, Yukon to learn about its gold rush history. Next, she explores the remote communities of Twillingate, Change and Fogo Islands in Central Newfoundland.

A still frame from Seeing Canada: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Dec. 21 at 2:00 pm

Brandy Yanchyk boards an expedition vessel and explores Sable Island, the Magdalene Islands, Bonaventure Island, Gros Morne National Park and Cape Breton Island.

A still from Wayne's Deer

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Nov. 28 at 10:00 pm

If you want to learn more about deer, Wayne Bruhm can tell you. Wayne's Deer is a portrait of Wayne Bruhm, amateur naturalist and hunter.

The Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 21 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 at 11:30 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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 at 11:00 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.

A woman picking out produce at a market in Vermont

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 14 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 16 at 11:30 am

Institutions such as schools, universities, camps, hospitals and prisons are places where the food consumer often doesn't have much choice. This is food intended to feed large volumes, and has to do so with typically small per capita budgets, USDA nutritional requirements and limited labor and equipment resources. To reach Farm to Plate goals in increasing local consumption, these institutions need to choose local food for their consumer. We'll look at the paths to bringing local food into institutions and the passionate individuals committed to making Farm to Institution a reality.

The Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 14 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 16 at 11:00 am

Direct sales from farmer to consumer are great and desirable, but the majority of families still get their food from grocers, supermarkets, general stores and restaurants. This episode looks at how third party distributors and innovations in cooperative distribution are helping clear the roadblocks to the successful scaling of local food, giving farmers new opportunities. We'll also see how distribution is one particularly pronounced way that strong relationships can help create success at all scales.

The Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 7 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 9 at 11:30 am

Explore the relationship between the processing of local food and the financial viability of the local food system, both for producers and consumers. Processing increases shelf life, minimizes waste and improves access to market. It is also economically valuable and necessary to serve the demands of current consumers. In order for farmers to be economically viable and feasible in the current market, they need access to processing facilities and processing partners.

farmer in a field of crops

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Nov. 7 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 9 at 11:00 am

Vermont leads the nation in local food production and consumption. Even so, as it currently stands only about 7% of our food is sourced locally. The Vermont Farm to Plate food system plan calls for a goal of 10% local food consumption by 2020. The New England Food Vision seeks to achieve 50% of all food consumption in New England to be sourced locally by mid-century. Episode 1 examines these goals, looking at how Vermont currently eats, the supply and demand challenges, and how much land would be needed to attain long-term goals.