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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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.

Blachford Lake Lodge
smaku.com

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

Canadian Journalist Brandy Yanchyk explores Western Newfoundland's Quirpon Lighthouse Inn, Viking history and Gros Morne National Park. Next, she learns to fish on Blachford Lake Lodge, Northwest Territories with her Dene First Nations guide.

from the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave title image
vimeo.com

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

A story told through the voices of a group of women who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Landmark legislation of 1960's outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.

Heroin Addiction
if-rat.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 28 at 11:00 am

Filmed in Washington County in Winter of 2016, by University of Maine at Machais Downeast Documentary Project, this is a first person look of an epidemic affecting every neighborhood in America.

Art & Spirit home video jacket/poster
http://daleschierholt.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 19 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 21 at 11:00 am

An intimate in home and studio visit with 91 year old painter Harold Garde. He shares his thoughts on his art and offers insight into leading a fulfilling and successful life.

The Local Motive title still
video.vermontpbs.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 14 at 11:00 am

The food you don't eat on your plate still has value as a resource with applications in other areas: on the farm, as rescued food, as feed for animals, and as anaerobic digesters. Think of it as resource management. This episode looks at food that may be slated to be thrown away as a possible resource with other applications. Explore the challenges of managing each stage of the hierarchy and the impending complications surrounding the implementation of Act 148, Vermont's universal recycling law which also addresses composting.

Customers at a farmer's market in Vermont
video.vermontpbs.org

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., July 5 at 10:30 pm
Sat., July 7 at 11:30 am

Who is the local food consumer and what are the roadblocks to getting them to eat more local? While price is the most talked about obstacle, it's only the tip of the iceberg. People who buy local food today are making a values-based purchase paying more to eat something they feel is healthier, better tasting and better for the local economy. This episode looks at how consumers arrive at the decision to eat local, and how to shift the conversation away from price and toward the benefits of making that buying decision.

A woman picking out produce at a market in Vermont
vermontvacation.com

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

Institutions such as schools, universities, camps, hospitals and prisons are places where the food consumer often doesn't have much choice. This is food intended to feed large volumes, and has to do so with typically small per capita budgets, USDA nutritional requirements and limited labor and equipment resources. To reach Farm to Plate goals in increasing local consumption, these institutions need to choose local food for their consumer. We'll look at the paths to bringing local food into institutions and the passionate individuals committed to making Farm to Institution a reality.

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