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 Time:
Thur., April 12 at 10:30 pm

An acclaimed comedian, author and New Hampshire celebrity, Cindy Pierce is on a mission to bring the truth about sex and relationships to the forefront through comic storytelling. In tackling these uncomfortable topics, Pierce delivers information, advice and personal stories spiked with her trademark bawdy wit.

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

This film explores the finer points of extremism and patriotism, as 22 interviewees from the North Atlantic Coastline share their thoughts on immigration in 2017 America.

Alnoba is a 13,000-square-foot, mixed-use facility in rural New Hampshire
Trent Bell /

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 29 at 10:30 pm
Sat., March 31 at 11:30 am

Traditional timber framing and innovative passive standard design come together in this extraordinary new building, redefining exactly what "conservation" means.

A still frame from 1000 Feet and Below

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 22 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Feb. 24 at 11:30 am

Explore the existing small ski areas of Maine. It will discover the history of Maine skiing and the community spirit that is alive and well at these small ski areas.

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

Film poster for High Water Mark

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 15 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 17 at 11:00 am

In the last days before the internet changed the music industry forever, one small-town band’s will to succeed became the stuff of legend.

The Pants ruled the Burlington, Vermont music scene in the 1990s, combining the lo-fi underground aesthetic of bands like Guided By Voices and Pavement with songwriting chops reminiscent of The Pixies and Weezer’s River Cuomo. The Pants played “indie rock” before it had a name. They could tear the roof off with crunching post-punk noise suffused with jazzy chords and rhythms. They could just as easily leave ladies swooning and guys crying in their beers with their bittersweet ballads. Their singular sound garnered the attention of music labels as well as the enduring admiration of Vermont contemporaries such as Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, James Kochalka Superstar, and Trey Anastasio of Phish.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 8 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 10 at 11:00 am

Shadows Fall North delves deep into the overlooked history of racism in Northern New England — to set the record straight and most importantly, to rally us to recognize that Black history is New Hampshire history and American history.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Feb. 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 3 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.

Oil painting of the original Spruce Mountain. c. 1959. Artist: Fonnie Austin
Artist: Fonnie Austin

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

It took a lot of effort to move this Maine mountain, but it led to a local ski revolution that benefited the entire community; and resulted in an odd lapse in memory. There's only one mountain in Jay, Maine, but most of the locals don’t know its name, much less its curious history. If you do mention its name, Spruce Mountain, they’ll direct you to a cow pasture across the river. A quirky tale of memories lost, “The Town that Moved a Mountain” tells how in the late 1950s, a group of ski enthusiasts built a successful ski area on Spruce Mountain and then just two years later, moved the whole operation to a new location. Including the name! In doing so, they brought together a community and made an impact that carries on to this day.

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., Jan. 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 20 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.

Fred Harris, Class of 1911, founder of the Dartmouth Outing Club, soars through the air following his jump at the first Winter Carnival, which took place in 1911.
Rauner Special Collections Library

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Jan. 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 6 at 11:00 am

Passion for Snow highlights the role of people from Dartmouth College, Hanover NH and Northern New England in developing all aspects of the modern ski industry since 1910, including initiating early alpine ski racing to leading the 10th Mountain Division in WWII to creating the Olympics, most ski resorts and all aspects of the greater ski industry.

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

Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
Crown of Maine Productions

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., December 21 at 9:30 pm
Sun., December 24 5:30 pm

This show features the sights and sounds of old fashioned Christmas traditions in Aroostook. Scenes includes sleigh rides, Caribou Choral Society, making Saint Lucia buns in New Sweden, Presque Isle Light Parade, the Heavenly Harpers of Houlton and making tourtiere in The St John Valley, to name a few.

Helen Nearing surveying the land

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 16 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 18 at 11:00 am

This story examines the lives and deaths of Maine authors Helen Nearing and her husband, Scott, who were best known for their book about homesteading practices called "Living the Good Life." More than a biography, this hour-long documentary looks at the Nearings' commitment to self-sufficiency and voluntary simplicity and unveils the spiritual philosophy that underlay their lives and work.

US Route 1 marker in Fort Kent, Maine

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

People, potatoes, paper and ploys. US Highway One is the main artery of the Eastern United States. It links thirteen states, their cities, towns and people.

Saco River Indian Cellar DVD Jacket

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 2 at 10:30 pm
Sat., November 4 at 11:30 am

In 2007, the residents of Hollis, Maine were stunned to discover the historic Indian Cellar Property was being converted into a 12 lot subdivision. This inspiring documentary details the long, difficult journey taken to preserve and protect this diverse riverfront property.

Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire

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

Using a wealth of rare archival films, animation, and traditional New England fiddle music, this film tells a 250-year history of an enduring form of community music and dance.

Explore the changing nature of community life through an enduring form of music and dance. The film traces the music’s arrival to New England from the British Isles in the 1750s, to its height in popularity following the American Revolution, to its near extinction and current revitalization in the twentieth century.