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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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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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From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film
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Thursday, February 5 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 am

The most complete look at the long-log industry. Men cut trees by hand and load them onto horse-drawn sleds to be hauled over snow to rivers. Skilled river drivers maneuver the logs downstream, risking their limbs and lives every day. Also, work in the steam powered mill. Remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are enhanced by the original 1930 script, read here by humorist Tim Sample.

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Ice Harvesting Sampler
Ice Harvesting
Thursday, February 5 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, February 7 at 11:30 am

This compilation shows newsreel and amateur footage of ice harvesting operations in Maine and includes ice-house interiors with massive ice blocks being maneuvered at high speed, and horse teams delivering ice to brownstones in Boston.

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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie (Part Two)
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Thursday, February 12 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 am

Part two of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, subtitled Under The Surface, uncovers unions and quarry work, Barre’s Socialist Labor Party Hall, Eugenics, George Aiken and the “Rural Republicans.”

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Legacy: Austria's Influence on American Skiing
Austria's Influence on American Skiing
Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 11:00 am

Austria's Influence on American Skiing / Hannes Schneider and His Disciples (1890-1940). This film traces the early history of Alpine skiing in America and the influence of the Austrians.

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Hardwater
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Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 pm

This film chronicles the state’s diverse, often misunderstood ice fishing culture.

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Past MPBN Community Films
Strength of the Storm
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January 24, 2015

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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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie
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January 17, 2015

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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Heirloom
Heirloom
January 10, 2015

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
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January 10, 2015

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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Alan Magee: Maine Master
Alan Magee
January 10, 2015

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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Eastport: Where America Begins Its Day
Eastport: Where America Begins It’s Day DVD Jacket
January 3, 2015

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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Passion for Snow
Passion for Snow
December 27, 2014

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

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Christmas Greetings from Aroostook
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December 25, 2014

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

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An American Nurse at War
Marion Rice, the subject of An American Nurse at W
December 20, 2014

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
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December 20, 2014

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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