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MPBN Community Films presents a diverse offering of independently produced films that showcase regional people, places, and topics. At times these films may deal with controversial issues that not everyone may agree with. The inclusion of any film in this series in no way should be interpreted that MPBN supports or endorses any opinions, or views on an issue that is portrayed in the film.

 

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Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
DVD Cover for Christmas Greeetings From Aroostook
Thursday, December 25 at 10:00 pm

Christmas Greetings From Aroostook is a special featuring the unique holiday sights and sounds of The County.

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Passion for Snow
Passion for Snow
Saturday, December 27 at 11:00 am

This film highlights the role Dartmouth College has played in the rise of the ski indutry.

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Eastport: Where America Begins Its Day
Eastport: Where America Begins It’s Day DVD Jacket
Saturday, January 3 at 11:00 am

Eastport, Maine, is the eastern-most city in the United States. It once was one of the busiest seaports on the East Coast and the world’s largest producer of sardines. Today it serves up salmon raised on farms and Down East hospitality handed down through generations.

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Alan Magee: Maine Master
Alan Magee
Thursday, January 8 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 10 at 11:00 am

Alan Magee of Cushing is a modern master of realist painting. His paintings invite wonder at the inherent dignity and beauty of simple objects such as letters, tools, and stones that are imbued with a history of communication, labor, and time.

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Heirloom
Heirloom
Thursday, January 8 at 10:35 pm
Saturday, January 10 at 11:35 am

Heirloom is a short film that explores the work of artist Brian White and its relationships with the cultural history and landscape of the Maine coast.

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Party Line
Party Line image
Thursday, January 8 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, January 10 at 11:30 am

The satirical film Party Line, 2014, addresses the universally-recognized fact of governmental surveillance. In particular, it suggests that our knowledge of being observed and overheard will constrain free speech, that the chill produced by authoritarian surveillance will diminish our public discussion and undermine our democracy.

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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie
Freedom and Unity image
Thursday, January 15 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 am

Part one of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, subtitled A Very New Idea, explores the roots from which the future state of Vermont grew.

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Strength of the Storm
Strength of the Storm image
Thursday, January 22 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 at 11:00 am

Residents of Weston Park, a mobile home community in rural Vermont, are brought together to fight against economic discrimination after losing their homes to Hurricane Irene.

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Island Winter
Island Winter DVD Jacket
Thursday, January 29 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 am

Experience Winter on the island of Vinalhaven located on Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Meet the hardy, year-round residents who stick it out for the coldest months of the year. Learn about boat building, and discover how the lobster industry keeps busy during the off-season.

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Past MPBN Community Films
An American Nurse at War
Marion Rice, the subject of An American Nurse at W
Thursday, December 18 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 11:00 am

This historical documentary focuses on World War I through the eyes of Nurse Marion Rice, who spent four years in France helping wounded soldiers and civilians. Marion recorded her experience with a Kodak camera sending home 650 photos and 50 letters which are the basis of this documentary.

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The County
Haying in Aroostook County image
Thursday, December 18 at 10:40 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 11:40 am

Narrated by Glenna Johnson Smith of Presque Isle, this short documentary is an aesthetic portrait of seasonal life in Aroostook County. Mid-summer haying, potato harvest, and dogsled racing depict a years balance in this unique corner of America.

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Circus Dreams
Circus performers
Thursday, November 27 at 10:00 pm

Circus Dreams captures charismatic teen performers on a voyage of artistic and personal self-discovery as they fight to save the only traveling youth circus in the United States from closing forever. With a heartwarming story and great characters, this vibrant documentary is an inspiring testament to the power of youthful dreams.

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Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity
Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity
Thursday, November 20 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 am

Four people observe and narrate the story of one another’s families, revealing the unique social bonds they have formed by choice, by birth, and by circumstance.

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Maine – America’s Coast
Maine America's Coast
Thursday, November 13 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 15 at 11:00 am

The Maine Coast, so distant from most of America, is in fact where America began. Rugged and raw, it has inspired a nation's creative genius - poets, painters, and ponderers. And still today it is the coast to which millions of Americans turn for recreation or re-creation.

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On The Edge
Painting titled Island School by Philip Steel
Thursday, November 6 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 8 at 11:00 am

This film 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.

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Acadia Sights and Sounds
Acadia Sights and Sounds
Thursday, October 30 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 1 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.

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Beyond 88 Keys: The Music of Michael Arnowitt
Beyond 88 Keys production still
Thursday, October 23 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 am

From Piano prodigy to mature performer, Beyond 88 Keys, The Music of Michael Arnowitt follows this extraordinary concert pianist through his multifaceted musical and political life.

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One Alcoholic to Another
One Alcoholic to Another DVD jacket image
Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 18 at 11:00 am

To outsiders, Alcoholics Anonymous is often considered a cult. Two filmmakers of diverse perspectives demystify an organization that has helped millions achieve sobriety. They embark on a rollicking road trip, exploring the Vermont childhoods of AA’s pioneers, Bill Wilson and Bob Smith.

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The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson
The Maine Frontier
Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am

This documentary illustrates life, work, family and culture in Northern Maine at the turn of the century; eulogizing the exemplary photography of Isaac Simpson.

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