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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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.

A Casco Bay Lines ferry leaves Peaks Island on its way to Portland.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 27 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 29 at 11:00 am

Take another aerial tour of Maine with Dobbs Productions, and this time it's the South Coast of Maine. Beginning with the Piscataquis River in Kittery wind your way along the southern coast of Maine, all the way up Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.

River drivers in Maine pushing logs down river circa 1960s on a river in Maine.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 22 at 11:00 am

This film serves as a vivid illustration of the skills, life and character of the turn of the century Maine Lumbermen and River Drivers.

New Hampshire State House in Concord
Alexius Horatius /

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 13 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 15 at 11:00 am

In 2016 a major restoration was done on the New Hampshire State House dome. This film was commissioned by the NH State House Bicentennial Committee to document the entire process, from pre-dawn deliveries to gilding the gold leaf on the eagle.

Creating Gardiner Film Poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 30 at 10:00 pm

This film explores a diverse array of creative talents celebrating the creative people and spaces in Gardiner, Maine. Interviews with members of the community and performances creative spaces are interspersed with features focusing on different artist in Gardiner to give the public a snapshot of the local creative community that is constantly evolving and expanding.

Creating Gardiner was produced by Lee Arnott of Sweet Thunder Productions.

A child rides in the bow of a canoe during spring run-off high water at the Head of Tide Park in Topsham.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 27 at 11:00 am

This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community.

To learn more about the Community Conservation visit M.I. Media.

A still frame from Lake Effect

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 16 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 18 at 11:30 am

A Northern New England based father-daughter filmmaker team sets out to explore the possible connection between neurotoxins found in the water and the onset of sporadic cases of a terminal disease.

Celia Thaxter's Island Garden

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 9 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 11 at 11:30 am

This is the story of the nineteenth century Isles of Shoals poet, author, and artist and the unique garden she created on Maine’s Appledore Island, and the garden’s establishment in the twentieth century.

A production still from Noyana: Singing at the End of Life

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 9 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 11 at 11:00 am

Follow the Noyana Singers, a Vermont chorus that sings to terminally-ill residents of hospice and learn why the singers do this work.

A still frame from Negotiating with Nature

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 2 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 4 at 11:00 am

A film about our relationship – or lack of – with nature and it’s importance.

Broad axe throwing

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

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.

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.

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

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.