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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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.

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

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin
wikimedia.org

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

The story of Brewer, Maine native, Civil War Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine regiment and their efforts at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Petersburg and Five Forks.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 25 at 9:00 pm
Sat., June 27 at 2:00 pm


A full length documentary about the life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith hosted by Jack Perkins looks at the long and wholly remarkable life of Maine’s own "Grand Lady", as Smith was known to many. Hers was a life of firsts, and her career carried her far from her Skowhegan home, but it was to Maine that she always returned, and it was for Maine that Senator Margaret Chase Smith worked so hard all her life.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 18 at 9:30 pm
Sat., June 20 at 2:30 pm

Learn the history of the Brunswick Town Commons and celebrate environmental stewardship at a local level.

On May 19, 2019 Brunswick celebrated the 300th anniversary of its extraordinary Town Commons. For over three centuries, the Commons have served as a popular recreation destination and invaluable community asset.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 18 at 9:00 pm
Sat., June 20 at 2:00 pm


Over several years, Doug Welch started ocean rowing, built a wooden boat, and set out on a Maine island adventure. Navigating sea conditions and personal life events. To Row and Let Go is a physical and spiritual journey.

Taunton River in Hancock
wikimedia.org

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., June 13 at 2:00 pm

A Century of Summers: The Impact of a Summer Colony on a Small Maine Coastal Town, 1886-1986 is a look at the relationships among summer and native residents of Hancock, Maine. Through old footage and modern interviews, the viewers explore personal, social, physical, cultural, economic, and psychological aspects of a summer colony.

Liz

A still frame from Liz
newenglandfilm.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., May 28 at 9:30 pm

A troubled and homeless teen from Portland, Maine finds salvation, peace and success when her street fighting leads to amateur boxing.

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

The poster for Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story
informedsharing.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., May 28 at 9:00 pm

On May 25, 1965 — Lewiston, Maine hosted one of the most controversially and famous sporting events of all time — the heavyweight boxing championship between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Punch — Raising Ali, will focus not just on the events surround the fight, but will explore aspects of personal memories, civic and cultural identity, and inevitable changes that come with time.

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

A still frame from Conserving Maine's Coast
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 21 at 9:00 pm
Sat., May 23 at 2:00 pm

Maine's coast, with its bays, inlets, peninsulas and tidal estuaries is about 3,500 miles. If you add its islands, the total is closer to 5,000. This documentary explores the complex web of conservation along these important places where the land meets the sea.

A still frame from Over the North of Maine
jeffdobbs.com

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

Spectacular aerial views of Northern Maine.

Cut and Run DVD jacket
oldfilm.org

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

In this video, American wood cutters in the mid-1970s defend their belief that the paper companies want to use cheaper Canadian labor to cut all of the good wood as quickly as possible and get it over with without regard to local workers or the health of the forests. An important piece of Maine history and includes wonderful woods-based folk songs and is narrated by Marshall Dodge.

Leon Leonwood Bean
llbean.net

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

Bar Harbor filmmaker Jeff Dobbs brings to screen the life of Leon Leonwood Bean and the company he started.

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory image
Sunlight Media Collective

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 16 at 9:30 pm
Sat., April 18 at 2:00 pm

Traverse the landscape of deal-making and deal-breaking which has historically defined tribal-state relations in Maine. Spanning from the 1700s to the present-day legal battle being played out in Penobscot Nation v. Mills.

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory illustrates the history of the Penobscots' tenacious fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. The Penobscot people's traditional, centuries-long stewardship to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all of Maine. It tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of astonishingly open abuse of state power.

Robert Peary self-portrait c. 1909
wikimedia.org

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

The life of Admiral Robert E. Peary and his life-long dream of being the first to reach the North Pole, plus his love affair with his summer home on Eagle Island.

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