Community Films

Thursday Evenings at 10:00 pm & Saturday afternoons at 2:00 pm

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.

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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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 1 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 3 at 2:30 pm


Spectacular aerial views of Northern Maine.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 1 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 3 at 2:30 pm


The poetic documentary film, The Song of the Broad Axe, uses an iconic object to explore the lives of people who have chosen to live a more purposeful life — one that involves using an axe on a daily basis. The film consists of a series of vignettes structured around the theme of building a life for yourself, through the lines of Walt Whitman’s 1856 poem Song of the Broad Axe. Each vignette explores how people use this tool to create purpose in their life, despite the availability of faster, more efficient ways of doing things. This film gives a glimpse into the lives of competitive axe throwers, woodsmen team coaches, axe historians, axe makers, and home builders. Ultimately The Song of the Broad Axe is a film about finding yur place in the world and the tools you use to do it.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 3 at 2:00 pm

As Maine scientists research the impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine, they reckon with what the unsettling data tells us about the future, and what role they should play in advocating for change.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., March 27 at 2:00 pm

A celebration of the relationship between land and home. This film explores what happens over time to our connection to the land we live on that creates the spirit and soul of a place.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., March 20 at 2:00 pm

The year 2020 marked the centenary of the 19th Amendment protecting a woman's right to vote. Women still represent only about one-third of elected state officials in the U.S. but New England averages almost 39 percent women in its six state legislatures. The X Factor looks at some of these trailblazing women and their impact on the political landscape.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Tue., March 16 at 9:00 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.

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

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Wed., March 10 at 8:00 pm
Fri., March 12 at 12:00 am
Sat., March 13 at 2:00 pm

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.

The student filmmakers in the Downeast Documentary class at The University of Maine at Machias taught by Al Kryszak.
filmfreeway.com

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., February 25 at 10:00 pm

A collection of stories on how Maine people solve problems, ranging from Machias, Maine taking on the world's most powerful navy, to an amputee father waiting for his son to return from Afghanistan so they can hike up Mt. Katahdin.

A man raking blueberries for the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Co. in Columbia Falls, Maine.
voicesfromthebarrens.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 20 at 2:00 pm

This documentary captures the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada as the tribes are challenged to balance blueberry hand raking traditions with the economics of the world market.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 11 at 10:30 pm
Sat., February 13 at 2:30 pm


Over several years, Doug Welch started ocean rowing, built a wooden boat, and set out on a Maine island adventure. Navigating sea conditions and personal life events. To Row and Let Go is a physical and spiritual journey.

A still frame from the documentary film Making Cape Point.
vimeo.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 11 at 9:00 pm
Sat., February 13 at 2:00 pm


Artist James Groleau reflects on his adventures as he paints a large mosaic depicting Little Cape Point on Maine's remote Wass Island.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 6 at 2:00 pm


This timely new film explores the economic and social realities of workforce shortages in New Hampshire – the nation's second oldest state in terms of median age. Hosted by Jennifer Rooks.

A poster for The Northeast by Eastern film
rocklandstrand.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 28 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 30 at 2:00 pm

An illustration of the rural Northeast in an era unlike any other in American history. Seen through the photography of Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit Sumner McKane Film & Music.

Lee

A still from Lee a documentary film
nhfilmfestival.com

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 21 at 10:30 pm
Sat., January 23 at 2:30 pm


A non-hunter spends a week in the Maine woods with a hunter. Lee, is an intimate portrait of a hunter from Maine. Lensed by someone who is in many ways, Lee's opposite. All in hope of understanding a different perspective.

A still image of stacked logs from BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?
linktv.org

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 21 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 23 at 2:00 pm

This film tells the eye-opening, little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass electric power industry.

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