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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The DVD cover image for The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Acadia of the Lands and Forests DVD jacket

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 25 at 11:00 pm
Sat., July 27 at 11:00 am

In 1755, the Acadians, a peace loving settlement of French speaking inhabitants, were deported by the British from their beloved Acadie, in what is now Nova Scotia. The Acadians were dumped along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Georgia — some even ended up in Louisiana.

Light Spirit cover art

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., July 18 at 10:30 am
Sat., July 20 at 11:00 am

Some lighthouses warn us away. Others usher us in. All, selflessly, serve. What was life like at the lighthouses of old? What, today? And how do these ageless towers continue to cast such magical, mystical spells?

In this video — by land, by sea and air — you will visit each of the sixty-plus lighthouses that grace the coast of Maine. Towers from which, two hundred years later, still shines a certain Light Spirit. With Jack Perkins - host of A&E's Biography.

A child plays on the playground

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 11 at 11:11 pm
Sat., July 13 at 12:11 am

Come outside into the forest classrooms of two Vermont schools where kindergarten students are rediscovering joy and wonder through the experience of playing in nature.

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

Learn the story of the last two dairy farms along eight miles of Route 101 in Kittery and Eliot, Maine. Hear the recollections of those who are the last to farm this stretch of land.

A still frame from Forlorn Hope

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., July 6 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.

Campsites on one of the 200 or so islands comprising the Maine Island Trail system

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., July 6 at 11:00 am

The raw beauty of the Maine Coast is captured in a 500 mile small boat solo camping adventure on the Maine Island Trail.

Seeking to honor the founders of the Maine Island Trail, and his ailing father, Doug Welch sets out on a 500-mile journey in his 17' Boston Whaler. Confronting the limitations of small-boat living and the challenges of the Maine coast, Welch tells the story of the Trail through close-up images of seven spectacular uninhibited islands and quotes from MITA’s founder. Based on the success of his two-week trip. He encourages viewers that perhaps they too can do it in a small boat.