Community Films

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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A poster for The Northeast by Eastern film
rocklandstrand.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 28 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 30 at 2:00 pm

An illustration of the rural Northeast in an era unlike any other in American history. Seen through the photography of Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit Sumner McKane Film & Music.

Lee

A still from Lee a documentary film
nhfilmfestival.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 21 at 10:30 pm
Sat., January 23 at 2:30 pm


A non-hunter spends a week in the Maine woods with a hunter. Lee, is an intimate portrait of a hunter from Maine. Lensed by someone who is in many ways, Lee's opposite. All in hope of understanding a different perspective.

A still image of stacked logs from BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?
linktv.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 23 at 2:00 pm

This film tells the eye-opening, little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass electric power industry.

William McGilvery House in Searsport
commons.wikimedia.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 14 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 16 at 2:00 pm


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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 7 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 9 at 2:00 pm

The Innu Nation were among the last nomadic people in North America. Their homeland was a vast territory called Nistassinan in what is now Labrador, Canada. Pressured by the Church and Government, the Innu were settled into communities in the mid-20th Century.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 7 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 9 at 2:00 pm


The Innu Nation were among the last nomadic people in North America. Their homeland was a vast territory called Nistassinan in what is now Labrador, Canada. Pressured by the Church and Government, the Innu were settled into communities in the mid-20th Century.

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., December 24 at 9:00 pm
Sat., December 26 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.

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


Enjoy what it is like to cycle in Acadia National Park during all four seasons while exploring various popular cycling loops on the carriage roads of Acadia. Learn the history of the carriage roads to discover how they evolved from equestrian use to be shared with cyclists from all over the world today.

Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
Crown of Maine Productions

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., December 13 at 7:00 pm
Sun., December 20 at 11:00 pm
Thur., December 24 at 8:00 pm
Fri., December 25 at 3:00 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.

DVD jacket for Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul
saysyou.net

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Wed., December 9 at 8:00 pm
Sun., December 13 at 11:30 am

Thoreau wrote that he "was born in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights and individual thinking in our time.

Photo by Isaac Simpson
Courtesy Sumner McKane

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Nov. 26 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.

A screen grab from the opening title sequence of the film
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., November 19 at 9:00 pm
Sat., November 21 at 2:00 pm


This historical documentary focused on the early and later years of Swan Island on the Kennebec. It's a fascinating tale of Swan Island, one of Maine's most intriguing historic islands. Located at the head of Merrymeeting Bay on the legendary Kennebec River, Swan Island was once the site of an Abenaki Indian hunting and fishing outpost.

Navajo children, June 19, 1929
University of South Carolina

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 12 at 9:00 pm
Sat., November 14 at 2:00 pm

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the United States as contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

Participate in a live Q & A with the DAWNLAND producers on Thursday Nov. 12 immediately following the broadcast. Details HERE.

A graphic feating the Lobster Lady Virginia Oliver
daleschierholt.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 5 at 9:30 pm
Sat., November 7 at 2:30 pm


Arguably the world's oldest licensed lobster fisherman — 99 year-old Virginia Oliver is a one of a kind. This film gives viewers a chance to meet this inspiring woman and ride along as she and her 74 year-old son Max haul their lobster traps in Spruce Head, Maine. Virginia's positive approach to life as well as her infectious laugh will capture viewers heart’s and inspire them in their own lives.

From Stump to Ship DVD jacket
oldfilm.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 5 at 9:00 pm
Sat., November 7 at 2:00 pm

The most complete look at the long-log industry. Men cut trees by hand and load them onto horse-drawn sleds to be hauled over snow to rivers. Skilled river drivers maneuver the logs downstream, risking their limbs and lives every day. Also, work in the steam powered mill. Remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are enhanced by the original 1930 script, read here by humorist Tim Sample.

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