Maine Public Community Films

Thursday Evenings at 10:00 pm (repeats Saturday mornings at 11:00 am)

Maine Public Community Films presents a diverse offering of independently produced films that showcase regional people, places, and topics.

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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Ben Kilham with bear cubs.
Robert Caputo / unhmagazine.unh.edu

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
upstanderproject.org

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
vimeo.com

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
spindleworks.org

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
vimeo.com

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.

vimeo.com

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
kickstarter.com

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.

livesinthebalance.org

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.

mainepreservation.org

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.

francesperkinscenter.org

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 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.

vimeo.com

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
accompanyvideo.com

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.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 8 at 10:30 pm

Maine's 16th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the 15 Maine units engaged in the battle of Gettysburg from July 1st through the 3rd in 1863, participated in what came to be known as the pivotal battle of the American Civil War. The 16th's efforts, in many ways, helped decide the outcome. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the war ultimately resulting in Union victory.

George Dorr posing at the carved rock next to the spring canopy, c.1918. A gravel path leads to the Emery Path, one of six memorial trails built at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park c.1910s.
nps.gov

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., August 3 at 11:00 am

The story of George Buckman Dorr, the father of Acadia National Park. The film documents just how Dorr with the help of others painstakingly engineered Acadia.

To learn more about the Becoming Acadia visit Dobbs Productions Inc.

Joshua Chamberlain
freedomsfoundation.org

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 1 at 10:30 pm

Explore the life and legacy of Joshua L. Chamberlain, the scholar-turned-soldier from Maine, whose heroic actions at Little Round Top in the battle of Gettysburg became Civil War legend.

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