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 Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 14 at 11:00 am

The food you don't eat on your plate still has value as a resource with applications in other areas: on the farm, as rescued food, as feed for animals, and as anaerobic digesters. Think of it as resource management. This episode looks at food that may be slated to be thrown away as a possible resource with other applications. Explore the challenges of managing each stage of the hierarchy and the impending complications surrounding the implementation of Act 148, Vermont's universal recycling law which also addresses composting.

Customers at a farmer's market in Vermont

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 5 at 10:30 pm
Sat., July 7 at 11:30 am

Who is the local food consumer and what are the roadblocks to getting them to eat more local? While price is the most talked about obstacle, it's only the tip of the iceberg. People who buy local food today are making a values-based purchase paying more to eat something they feel is healthier, better tasting and better for the local economy. This episode looks at how consumers arrive at the decision to eat local, and how to shift the conversation away from price and toward the benefits of making that buying decision.

A woman picking out produce at a market in Vermont

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 7 at 11:00 am

Institutions such as schools, universities, camps, hospitals and prisons are places where the food consumer often doesn't have much choice. This is food intended to feed large volumes, and has to do so with typically small per capita budgets, USDA nutritional requirements and limited labor and equipment resources. To reach Farm to Plate goals in increasing local consumption, these institutions need to choose local food for their consumer. We'll look at the paths to bringing local food into institutions and the passionate individuals committed to making Farm to Institution a reality.

A still from The Guys Next Door

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

An intimate portrait of a real "Modern Family." Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple in Maine whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters, Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family.

Ben Kilham with bear cubs.
Robert Caputo /

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 21 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 23 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.

The mill at Freedom Falls before the 2012 renovations begun and after.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Mon., June 18 at 9:30 pm

When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breath new life into the town of Freedom, Maine. With the help of a colorful team of builders, masons, engineers and architects, he sets out to reconstruct a forgotten historical treasure. Can his 21st century vision of conservation re-power this rural community, which is now welcoming a new generation of young farmers?

A still frame from Forlorn Hope

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Mon., June 18 at 9:00 pm
Thur., June 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 23 at 11:00 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.

The Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., May 31 at 10:30 pm

Direct sales from farmer to consumer are great and desirable, but the majority of families still get their food from grocers, supermarkets, general stores and restaurants. This episode looks at how third party distributors and innovations in cooperative distribution are helping clear the roadblocks to the successful scaling of local food, giving farmers new opportunities. We'll also see how distribution is one particularly pronounced way that strong relationships can help create success at all scales.

The Local Motive title still

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., May 31 at 10:00 pm

Explore the relationship between the processing of local food and the financial viability of the local food system, both for producers and consumers. Processing increases shelf life, minimizes waste and improves access to market. It is also economically valuable and necessary to serve the demands of current consumers. In order for farmers to be economically viable and feasible in the current market, they need access to processing facilities and processing partners.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 24 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 26 at 11:00 am

Kennebec Sheriff Randy Liberty battles PTSD along with several veterans in his charge at the Kennebec County Jail. Liberty’s honesty about his own condition and his efforts to help other veterans vividly depicts the continuing impact of war on the men and women who have served our country.

Luc Levasseur mug shot

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 10 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 12 at 11:00 am

Put on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1977 for his involvement in bombings by the radical Marxist group United Freedom Front, Vietnam veteran Raymond Luc Levasseur was arrested in 1984, charged with bombings and bank robbery and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

farmer in a field of crops

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 3 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 5 at 11:30 am
Sat., May 19 at 11:30 am

Vermont leads the nation in local food production and consumption. Even so, as it currently stands only about 7% of our food is sourced locally. The Vermont Farm to Plate food system plan calls for a goal of 10% local food consumption by 2020. The New England Food Vision seeks to achieve 50% of all food consumption in New England to be sourced locally by mid-century. Episode 1 examines these goals, looking at how Vermont currently eats, the supply and demand challenges, and how much land would be needed to attain long-term goals.


Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 3 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 5 at 11:00 am

For nearly a century, the paper mill in Bucksport, Maine served as the biggest and most important regional employer. This changed one winter day, when the plant shuttered, shedding over 600 well-paying blue collar manufacturing jobs.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., April 19 at 10:00 pm

Merrymeeting Bay is an important ecosystem by any standard. This program explores the strong network of stewardship and preservation happening all around the bay.

To learn more about the Merrymeeting Bay: The Rising Tide of Stewardship visit M.I. Media.

Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra & Dudley Laufman

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., April 14 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.