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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A production still from Best and Most Beautiful Things

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., February 28 at 10:00 pm

Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions — including doing voice-over for television animation. Searching for connection and confidence, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of "normal" through provocative sex-positive and online fetish communities. Learn Michelle's joyful story of self-discovery as a celebration of outcasts everywhere.

Wiscasset Speedway in 1975

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 23 at 11:00 am

The film tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine, and illustrates the character of the Maine racecar driver.

Farm with Barn (2003)

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 14 at 10:30 pm
Sat., February 16 11:30 pm

In 1870, Swedish settlers flocked to far northern Maine to farm – creating a unique colony where the Swedish language still is spoken in the 21st century. But the few who speak Swedish are dwindling, and the language will die out with the thirty or so older residents who still speak Swedish today. From the April Fool's Day jokes they played to the sadness they express over the disappearance of their farms, this film captures life as it was during this fascinating chapter of Maine history.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the Crown of Maine Productions website.

A still frame from Over the North of Maine

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 14 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 16 at 11:00 am

Spectacular aerial views of Northern Maine.

A still from Forgotten Farms

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., February 7 at 10:00 pm

Dairy Farms remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale.

A still frame from Ice Harvesting Sampler

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 31 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 2 at 11:00 am

During the 19th century, before mechanical ice making was perfected and later replaced by modern refrigeration, harvesting natural ice was big business in New England. Ice was cut in the winter and stored in ice houses to allow for year round distribution. Early harvesters used hand saws on frozen ponds and streams while later, gasoline powered saws were used.

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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 17 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 19 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.

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

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

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

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

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.