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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Navajo children, June 19, 1929
University of South Carolina

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

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the United States as contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

DVD jacket for Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul
saysyou.net

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

Thoreau wrote that he "was born in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights and individual thinking in our time.

Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
Crown of Maine Productions

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., December 23 at 5:00 pm
Tue., December 25 at 10:30 pm
Thur., December 27 at 10:00 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.

Life's Work Opening Title
ravenview.com

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

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers invites viewers inside the creative routines and personal stories of a collection of master crafts people living on Canada's Eastern Seaboard, whose life experiences have shaped their work in tandem with their own two hands. Each of the six short episodes documents the artistry of such crafts as stone carving, wood turning and carving, sculpting, felting, and metal smithing.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., December 13 at 10:45 pm
Sat., December 15 at 11:45 am

Explore the work of artist Brian White and its relationships with the cultural history and landscape of the Maine coast.

Deus Ex Machina – A Film by Seth Brown
stanceworks.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., December 13 at 10:30 pm
Sat., December 15 at 11:30 am

Jack Churchill is an unusual man who builds an incredibly beautiful, but dangerous machine.

The finish line, a nod to the region's forest products heritage.
Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Fri., December 7 at 4:00 pm
Thur., December 13 at 10:00 pm
Sat., December 15 at 11:00 am

The free Millinocket Marathon & Half Marathon began in 2015 when Gary Allen read an article about what the closing of a mill did to the Mount Katahdin region.

A still from The Guys Next Door
documentaries.org

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., November 22 at 10:00 pm

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.

Luc Levasseur mug shot
fbi.gov

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 8 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 13 at 10:00 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.

The DVD cover image for The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes
kickstarter.com

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

American lobster
wikipedia.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

This short documentary offers a rare insider's glimpse into the world of lobstering on Monhegan Island with lobsterman, Doug Boynton.

Composite image of yard sales in Maine
facebook.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

A short film about the Maine yard sale that stretches from Cornville to Skowhegan in the western foothills.

Instructor working with student filmmakers at Maine Student Film & Video Conference in March 2018
mainestudentfilm.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

Student's from Mid-Maine Technical Center took part in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs to produce three relevant stories about their community.

Ben Kilham with bear cubs.
Robert Caputo / unhmagazine.unh.edu

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Monday, October 22 at 9:30 pm

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 camp site for the North Pond Hermit, a.k.a Christopher Knight
flickr.com

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

When the news broke that a man had been hiding in the woods of Maine for 27 years, it turned into a media sensation. Overnight, the identity of the legendary "North Pond Hermit" was disclosed and he became the talk of the town.

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

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