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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Castine video jacket

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Sept. 8 at 10:00 pm

Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America. Home to the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine has a rich seafaring tradition, but there is much more to experience. In a town with no stop lights, no chain stores, and no movie houses, there is time to think.

A still frame from The Hungry Years

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 3 at 11:00 am

The Hungry Years follows a talented but homeless young musician over the course of two years as he struggles against all odds to pursue his dream of rock stardom. The film begins as we're introduced to Joel Carpenter, 21, forming his new band with members he's recently met on Craigslist. Soon he is asked to leave the relative comfort of his grandmother’s house, and so his journey into homelessness begins. His girlfriend describes this as Joel’s "nomadic lifestyle." Joel lives between his van, his "office" (the band’s rehearsal space) and crashes on various friends and relatives’ couches. Unable to hold a job very long, he is soon broke and visiting local food banks to feed himself. All through this difficult time Joel continues to write songs and performs with his band, The Effects, in bars and outdoor festivals around Maine. We follow Joel and his band’s successes and failures until tensions and dysfunction finally break the band apart. Joel is then faced with picking up the pieces and coming to terms with where his decisions have led him.

Paul Dobbins of Ocean Approved shows off the kelp grown off of Bangs Island in Casco Bay.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 20 at 11:30 am

Follow a group of environmentalist, regulators and natural resource managers as they tour aquaculture farms along Maine’s coast.

Olive Pierce in a boat off the Maine coast in 1995.
David Rivera/

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:30 am

For photographer Olive Pierce the part is never more important than the whole, not the individual more important than the community, and the photographer is never as important as the people being photographed. Her black and white photos document the spirit of community whether she finds it in high school kids, or among Maine fishing families, or with children on Iraq.

David Driskell in his studio

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:00 am

The story of one of the most important artists and authorities on African American art. Explores the influence of mentor Romare Bearden, and the creative collaboration between Driskell and his printmaker.

The film captures Driskell ruminating about the obligation of the artist to search for the creative truth "til his or her dying day."

It also breaks new ground in its exploration of the creative collaboration between Driskell and his master printmaker, Curlee Holton.

A still frame from Second Century Stewardship: The Science Beyond the Scenery

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

It is the dawn of the second century for Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service. At this historic centennial moment, we explore the science beyond they stunning scenery of Acadia National Park to better understand opportunities for wise stewardship of these national treasures to benefit future generations.

Growing Local production poster

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., July 23 at 11:00 am

While "buying local" is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.

In three short vignettes we meet the young farm couple Ben and Tayrn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub; artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained; and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family.

These poignant stories help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine's small farms, consumers and the local food movement.

A member of the Gregg family uses a team of horses to harvest the crops

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 pm

A year in the life of the Gregg family on a four hundred acre farm in Mapleton, Maine where three generations of Country folk still work the land and forest using workhorses.

From harrowing to haying, and from plowing in the fields to twitching out logs in the snowy woods, the Greggs rely on a team of six workhorses to complete their tasks. This film shows heritage farming, done by the Greggs, but it also provides a glimpse into the Gregg family life.

On the Edge still

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 pm

This documentary tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine's year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

The Lilac Ridge Farm family

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 25 at 11:30 am

A film about sustainable agriculture and local food, centered on a family run farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm was produced by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video.

"Dancing at the Mill" cover image Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sun., June 19 at 5:00 pm

In 1761 Abraham Somes sailed to Mt. Desert Island and settled in a sheltered harbor at the head of Somes Sound. This film celebrates the generations who have followed. Using the island's rich troves of historical photographs as well as early film footage, the film paints a picture of two centuries of daily life on the island. The film was written by Gunnar Hansen with a music scored and performed by Bob Habib and narration by Jack Perkins. It was filmed, edited and produced by Dobbs Productions, with support from the Mt. Desert Island Historical Society and Savage family.

Dancing at the Mill: Two Centuries of Life on Mount Desert Island is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Acadia Sights and Sounds" cover image Dobbs

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

A treat for the senses — talented filmmaker Jeff Dobbs brings us breathtaking natural scenes of Acadia. Makes you long to be there.

Acadia Sights and Sounds is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

"Katahdin: The Mountain of the People" cover image Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Wed., June 15 at 8:00 pm

Experience the glory of Mount Katahdin, Maine's most beloved and highest mountain. The beginning or the end of the Appalachian Trail. This video highlights the dedication of Percival Baxter as he strove to preserve the mountain and its surrounds. Narrated by Jack Perkins with original music by John Cooper.

Katahdin: The Mountain of the People is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk

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

Every year, Broad-Winged hawks embark on a spectacular 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. This is the story of their flight.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk follows the raptors' two-month, 4,500-mile migration from New Hampshire &8212; over an Appalachian flyway in Pennsylvania, over Corpus Christi, Texas &8212; to their arrival in the rainforests of Ecuador and the Maquipucuna Reserve. Along the way, we meet the people and communities who follow and celebrate the hawks' journey.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk was produced by Phil Vaughn of New Hampshire Public Television.

For more information and home video/streaming information visit the Finding Traction website.

Working on the roof of the new cabin

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., April 30 at 11:00 am

An Uncommon Curiosity: at Home and in Nature With Bernd Heinrich follows Bernd Heinrich, considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, over the course of a year, as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing.

Heinrich has been both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Harvard Fellow, and has been awarded two honorary doctorates. Considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, Heinrich has written 18 books on various aspects of the natural world and published numerous scholarly papers, professional book reviews, book chapters, and articles for magazines and newspapers as diverse as the New York Times, Outside and Runners World. In addition to his scholarly work he is a world-class ultra-marathoner currently holding a U.S. 100-mile track record.

Produced by Jan Cannon of Jan Cannon Films (visit the website for home video options and other information).