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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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 27 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.

Broad axe throwing
axemaine.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 18 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 20 at 11:30 am

The poetic documentary film, The Song of the Broad Axe, uses an iconic object to explore the lives of people who have chosen to live a more purposeful life — one that involves using an axe on a daily basis. The film consists of a series of vignettes structured around the theme of building a life for yourself, through the lines of Walt Whitman’s 1856 poem Song of the Broad Axe. Each vignette explores how people use this tool to create purpose in their life, despite the availability of faster, more efficient ways of doing things. This film gives a glimpse into the lives of competitive axe throwers, woodsmen team coaches, axe historians, axe makers, and home builders. Ultimately The Song of the Broad Axe is a film about finding yur place in the world and the tools you use to do it.

Home video jacket image for Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 20 at 11:00 am

A story about a long-time Bass Harbor resident, and boat builder, Chummy Rich. This documentary follows the design and building of the Andromeda, a 28-foot cabin cruiser designed by Mr. Rich's father.

Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder was produced by Jeff Dobbs of Jeff Dobbs Productions.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 11 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 13 at 11:00 am

In 2018, 100 juniors from Portland's Casco Bay HS documented the stories of everyday heroes in the Katahdin region who are working to both preserve and re-vitalize the region’s greatness.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 6 at 11:00 am

A 74 year old Maine man retraces the journey of his pioneering, 19 year old great-great-grandfather, who left his home in Canada in 1845 and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine.

livesinthebalance.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 28 at 10:00 pm
Sat., March 30 at 11:00 am

The Kids We Lose is 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.

A still frame from Forlorn Hope
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 21 at 10:30 pm
Sat., March 23 at 11:30 am

On a warm summer afternoon, late in the Civil War, more than 850 Maine Soldiers accepted orders to charge an entrenched Confederate position on the outskirts of Petersburg, Virginia. Within 10 minutes of their charge, more than 630 of those soldiers were struck down. It was the largest number of casualties from men in the same regiment in any battle of the War.

Cabot Lyford in a still from Portrait of a Man as Artist.
pressherald.com

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

Dale Schierholt's intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflection of a master sculptor. Filmed primarily at his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander.

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

A production still from Best and Most Beautiful Things
bestandmostbeautifulthings.com

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

Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions — including doing voice-over for television animation. Searching for connection and confidence, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of "normal" through provocative sex-positive and online fetish communities. Learn Michelle's joyful story of self-discovery as a celebration of outcasts everywhere.

Wiscasset Speedway in 1975
wiscassetspeedway.com

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

The film tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine, and illustrates the character of the Maine racecar driver.

Farm with Barn (2003)
maineanencyclopedia.com

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

In 1870, Swedish settlers flocked to far northern Maine to farm – creating a unique colony where the Swedish language still is spoken in the 21st century. But the few who speak Swedish are dwindling, and the language will die out with the thirty or so older residents who still speak Swedish today. From the April Fool's Day jokes they played to the sadness they express over the disappearance of their farms, this film captures life as it was during this fascinating chapter of Maine history.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the Crown of Maine Productions website.

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

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

Spectacular aerial views of Northern Maine.

A still from Forgotten Farms
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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., February 7 at 10:00 pm

Dairy Farms remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale.

A still frame from Ice Harvesting Sampler
vimeo.com

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

During the 19th century, before mechanical ice making was perfected and later replaced by modern refrigeration, harvesting natural ice was big business in New England. Ice was cut in the winter and stored in ice houses to allow for year round distribution. Early harvesters used hand saws on frozen ponds and streams while later, gasoline powered saws were used.

I Dream the Colors video still
spindleworks.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 24 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 26 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.

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