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.

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Paul Dobbins of Ocean Approved shows off the kelp grown off of Bangs Island in Casco Bay.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 20 at 11:30 am

Follow a group of environmentalist, regulators and natural resource managers as they tour aquaculture farms along Maine’s coast.

Olive Pierce in a boat off the Maine coast in 1995.
David Rivera/

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:30 am

For photographer Olive Pierce the part is never more important than the whole, not the individual more important than the community, and the photographer is never as important as the people being photographed. Her black and white photos document the spirit of community whether she finds it in high school kids, or among Maine fishing families, or with children on Iraq.

A still frame from Second Century Stewardship: The Science Beyond the Scenery

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

It is the dawn of the second century for Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service. At this historic centennial moment, we explore the science beyond they stunning scenery of Acadia National Park to better understand opportunities for wise stewardship of these national treasures to benefit future generations.

A member of the Gregg family uses a team of horses to harvest the crops

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 pm

A year in the life of the Gregg family on a four hundred acre farm in Mapleton, Maine where three generations of Country folk still work the land and forest using workhorses.

From harrowing to haying, and from plowing in the fields to twitching out logs in the snowy woods, the Greggs rely on a team of six workhorses to complete their tasks. This film shows heritage farming, done by the Greggs, but it also provides a glimpse into the Gregg family life.

On the Edge still

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 pm

This documentary tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine's year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

The Lilac Ridge Farm family

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 25 at 11:30 am

A film about sustainable agriculture and local food, centered on a family run farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm was produced by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video.

"Dancing at the Mill" cover image Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sun., June 19 at 5:00 pm

In 1761 Abraham Somes sailed to Mt. Desert Island and settled in a sheltered harbor at the head of Somes Sound. This film celebrates the generations who have followed. Using the island's rich troves of historical photographs as well as early film footage, the film paints a picture of two centuries of daily life on the island. The film was written by Gunnar Hansen with a music scored and performed by Bob Habib and narration by Jack Perkins. It was filmed, edited and produced by Dobbs Productions, with support from the Mt. Desert Island Historical Society and Savage family.

Dancing at the Mill: Two Centuries of Life on Mount Desert Island is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Acadia Sights and Sounds" cover image Dobbs

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

A treat for the senses — talented filmmaker Jeff Dobbs brings us breathtaking natural scenes of Acadia. Makes you long to be there.

Acadia Sights and Sounds is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Katahdin: The Mountain of the People" cover image Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Wed., June 15 at 8:00 pm

Experience the glory of Mount Katahdin, Maine's most beloved and highest mountain. The beginning or the end of the Appalachian Trail. This video highlights the dedication of Percival Baxter as he strove to preserve the mountain and its surrounds. Narrated by Jack Perkins with original music by John Cooper.

Katahdin: The Mountain of the People is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk

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

Every year, Broad-Winged hawks embark on a spectacular 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. This is the story of their flight.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk follows the raptors' two-month, 4,500-mile migration from New Hampshire &8212; over an Appalachian flyway in Pennsylvania, over Corpus Christi, Texas &8212; to their arrival in the rainforests of Ecuador and the Maquipucuna Reserve. Along the way, we meet the people and communities who follow and celebrate the hawks' journey.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk was produced by Phil Vaughn of New Hampshire Public Television.

For more information and home video/streaming information visit the Finding Traction website.

Working on the roof of the new cabin

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., April 30 at 11:00 am

An Uncommon Curiosity: at Home and in Nature With Bernd Heinrich follows Bernd Heinrich, considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, over the course of a year, as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing.

Heinrich has been both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Harvard Fellow, and has been awarded two honorary doctorates. Considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, Heinrich has written 18 books on various aspects of the natural world and published numerous scholarly papers, professional book reviews, book chapters, and articles for magazines and newspapers as diverse as the New York Times, Outside and Runners World. In addition to his scholarly work he is a world-class ultra-marathoner currently holding a U.S. 100-mile track record.

Produced by Jan Cannon of Jan Cannon Films (visit the website for home video options and other information).

Winnipesaukee River Basin in New Hampshire

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

Clearing the Water: The story of the Lakes Region Clean Waters Association is the story of citizen action and the importance of protecting the environment. It is the story of how a small, local group of active citizens provided leadership to the entire country in the very early days of the environmental movement.

The Lakes Region Clean Waters Association was founded in late 1969 to clean up New Hampshire's Lake Winnisquam. Through door-to-door campaigning, informational meetings, dogged research, good PR, law suits and threats of law suits, the Clean Waters Association challenged the City of Laconia to do something about its sewage discharge into the lake. The actions of this group led to the construction of a major state run waste water treatment facility that today serves 10 communities in the Lakes Region.

Clearing the Water: The story of the Lakes Region Clean Waters Association was produced by John Gfroerer of Accompany Films.

Visit the Accompany Films website for home video options and other information.

East By North East DVD Jacket Image

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 31 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 2 at 11:00 am

The world can be a small place but when you put a fly rod in your hand, the world becomes a generous playground. From Canada's wilderness to island living and of course the North East at its best, life on the road has never been so thrilling.

High water, puddle-jumpers, remote locales, conservation, big bugs and generous grins, this film goes on forever and the party never ends.