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 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.

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.

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park
Dana Moos / flickr.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 20 at 11:00 am

Jeff Dobbs brings us another beautiful scenic birds eye view of Acadia, in time for the Fall Foliage.

Food for Change poster
space538.org

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

A story of the cooperative movement in the United States from 1930s to present with an emphasis on food co-ops.

The Heroin Effect title still
theheroineffect.com

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

An honest yet surprisingly hopeful look at what addiction really looks like; who is working on the grassroots level to fight it and how we can help with recovery efforts in our own communities.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., September 13 at 10:00 pm

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history.

The Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith still
youtube.com/Jeff Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., September 6 at 10:00 pm

A full length documentary about the life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith hosted by Jack Perkins looks at the long and wholly remarkable life of Maine’s own "Grand Lady", as Smith was known to many. Hers was a life of firsts, and her career carried her far from her Skowhegan home, but it was to Maine that she always returned, and it was for Maine that Senator Margaret Chase Smith worked so hard all her life.

The Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

Marian McPartland
Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., August 30 at 10:00 pm
Sat., September 1 at 11:00 am

This film documents the life and career of jazz legend Marian McPartland as musician, composer, and host of National Public Radio’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.

vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 16 at 10:00 pm

This film explores how Acadian heritage has been preserved and has evolved in the St. John Valley to the present day.

Prince Edward Island
CNN

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

Canadian Journalist Brandy Yanchyk explores Canada's Maritime provinces; Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, followed by a trip to Quebec City, where she participates in the annual Winter Carnival.

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