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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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A Sense of Wonder
A Sense of Wonder DVD cover
Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am

MPBN Community Films tells the story of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson. A Sense of Wonder is a documentary-style film which depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson fought attacks by the chemical industry.

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David Driskell: In search of the Creative Truth
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Thursday, April 30 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 2 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.

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Cabot Lyford: Portrait of a Man as Artist
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Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 am

Filmmaker Dale Schierholt’s intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflections of a master sculptor. Revered by his patrons, his sculpture is found in public and private collections including the Portland Museum of Art and Colby College Museum of Art.

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Lois Dodd: Maine Master
Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, May 9 at 11:30 am

Lois Dodd first visited Maine in 1951 from New Jersey to attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She settled into her current summer/fall home on the Cushing peninsula in 1961 and has created a remarkable body of work that blends abstraction and representation.

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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie (Part Five)
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Thursday, May 14 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 16 at 11:00 am

Part four of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, subtitled Ceres’ Children, explores Vermont’s cherished tradition of town meeting and community involvement.

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Welcome to Lee Maine
Welcome to Lee Maine
Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am

This is a film about a small close-knit community in rural Maine (pop. 845) that must deal with the devastating news that it has become the smallest community in America to lose two sons in the Iraqi War.

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Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story
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Monday, May 25 at 9:00 pm
Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 pm

On May 25, 1965 Lewiston, Maine hosted one of the most controversial and famous sporting events of all time – the heavyweight boxing championship between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of "The Phantom Punch" – Raising Ali, will focus not just on the events surround the fight, but will explore aspects of personal memories, civic and cultural identity, and inevitable changes that come with time.

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Getting Away Together: Boothbay Harbor
Getting Away Together: Boothbay Harbor
Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 pm

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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Past MPBN Community Films
Big Horse
Big Horse
Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, April 18 at 11:30 am

Two draft horses, Spike and Smitty, tell their own story about life on the farm and in the trenches.

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The Visionaries
Sam Waterston
Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 at 11:00 am

Visionaries host, Sam Waterston, invites viewers to explore the remarkable capacity Americans have to create innovative solutions to global issues. Learn about two organizations that are changing lives all across Maine.

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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie (Part Four)
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Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 am

Part four of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, subtitled Doers and Shapers, explores people and institutions that pushed boundaries. From education innovator John Dewey to Goddard College and the Putney School, see the connection between education and democracy.

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Admiral Peary: The Man and his Island
Admiral Peary in Front of his Lighthouse on Eagle
Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am

Follow the story of Admiral Robert E. Peary and his life-long dream of being the first to reach the North Pole, plus his love affair with his summer home on Eagle Island.

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Eight Ways to Fish
Eight Ways to Fish
Thursday, March 26 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 am

It’s all about fishing, but not about fish. This video is about an island and some of the people who live on it. It’s also about finding what you are looking for.

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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie (Part Three)
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Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 am

Part three of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, subtitled Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution, picks up the story in the mid-20th century, when political pioneers like Governor Phil Hoff, set the stage for historic change.

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Hardwater
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February 26, 2015

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

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Legacy: Austria's Influence on American Skiing
Austria's Influence on American Skiing
February 21, 2015

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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Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie (Part Two)
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February 14, 2015

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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Ice Harvesting Sampler
Ice Harvesting
February 7, 2015

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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