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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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To Hear the Music: The Opus 139 Project
Harvard University’s Memorial Church pipe organ
Thursday, September 25 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 am

This is the story of the design, construction and installation of a new pipe organ in Harvard University’s Memorial Church by a Gloucester builder with an unusual history: Charles Fisk abandoned a Nobel-level career in nuclear physics to build organs instead, a decision spurred by his participation in the Manhattan Project during World War II, and by his desire to “hear the music better.”

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The Story of the Acadians
A photograph of Acadia reenactors
Thursday, October 2 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 am

The Story of the Acadians spans one-hundred-seventy years beginning with the arrival of the French at Isle St. Croix off the coast of Maine in 1604 and ending with the construction of the Acadian Line in France in 1774.

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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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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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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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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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Past MPBN Community Films
Meetinghouse: The Heart of Washington, New Hamphshire
Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 am

The Washington Meetinghouse has been a vibrant part of the life of this community since its earliest days. It has evolved to meet the needs of a changing and growing town, always adaptable to the current times.

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The Last Irene: Where Did All the Water Come From?
The Last Irene DVD Jacket image
Thursday, September 11 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, September 13 at 11:30 am

A filmmaking team sets out to increase understanding of the environmental forces behind storms like Irene.

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Getting Away Together: Boothbay Harbor
Getting Away Together: Boothbay Harbor
Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am

The series calls attention to beautiful destinations, compelling life stories, “best kept” travel secrets and take away tips, helping consumers to make decisions about their upcoming travels.

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The Farmers’ Market - Where Your Food Comes From Matters
FArmers MArket
August 28, 2014

The Farmers’ market – getting back to basics. Good nutrition begins here at our farms. Maine farmers are working hard year round to bring you the very best quality food. Food that is safe, nutritious and delicious.

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The Mountain Song
Mountain Song
August 23, 2014

This is a video journal of one man’s New England Appalachian Trail hike to start a conversation about the preservation of nature and the protection of resources.

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Light Spirit: Lighthouses of the Maine Coast
Light Spirit DVD Jacket image
August 16, 2014

Some lighthouses warn us away. Others usher us in. All, selflessly, serve. What was life like at the lighthouses of old? What, today? And how do these ageless towers continue to cast such magical, mystical spells?

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My Wild Affair: Andre the Seal
Andre the seal
Thursday, August 7 at 10:00 pm

Andre, "the seal who came home," is the true story of a two-day old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine.

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Merrymeeting Bay: The Rising Tide of Stewardship
An aerial photo of Maine's Merrymeeting Bay
July 26, 2014

Merrymeeting Bay is an important ecosystem by any standard. This program explores the strong network of stewardship and preservation happening all around the bay.

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The Women Artists of Monhegan Island
Monhegan Island
July 19, 2014

Intriguing conversations with the many talented women artists of Monhegan provides fascinating insights about art, inspiration and life on a small Maine Island.

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On The Edge
Painting titled Island School by Philip Steel
July 12, 2014

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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