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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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Finding Donn Fendler
Donn Fendler in 1939
Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 am

Finding Donn Fendler: Lost On A Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later is the true story of 12-year-old Donn Fendler who was lost on Mount Katahdin for nine days in 1939, and how two filmmakers try to turn his adventure into a feature film.

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The County
Haying in Aroostook County image
Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 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 year’s balance in this unique corner of America.

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RADICALLY simple
Thursday, May 1 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, May 3 at 11:30 am

RADICALLY simple presents the work of Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity and the Sustainability Director at Dartmouth College. The film shows Merkel at work on his homestead as well as doing public presentations and leading workshops on foot printing, permaculture, money and other topics related to sustainability.

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The Story of the Acadians
A photograph of Acadia reenactors
Thursday, May 8 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 10 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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An Uncommon Curiosity: at Home & in Nature with Bernd Heinrich
Bernd Heinrich
Thursday, May 15 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 am

An Uncommon Curiosity: at Home and in Nature With Bernd Heinrich follows Bernd Heinrich, considered by many to be today's finest naturalist author, over the course of a year, as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing.

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Jim Said No
Jim Kingsbury being fed by Lisa Kingsbury
Thursday, May 22 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 am

Meet Jim and Lisa Kingsbury of Bangor as they struggle to live with Jim's diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Shot only a few times a month over a three year period, the film follows the couple and their son Jack as they are forced to adapt to the physical changes Jim must endure, as the disease progresses within his body.

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Past MPBN Community Films
Everybody Has Their Roots
Image from Everyone Has Roots
Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am

A documentary about the making of ArtWORKS. ArtWORKS is the second film created by the Farnsworth’s Julia’s Gallery teens.

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artWORKS
artWORKS still image
Thursday, April 17 at 10:40 pm
Saturday, April 19 at 11:40 am

In artWORKS teens associated with the Farnsworh Art Museum tell the stories of Midcoast teens negotiating real-life issues, such as homelessness and school dropout, and imaginatively recast them in miniature with hand-crafted sets, including a Lego village, shadow puppets, and claymation figures.

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Stories of the Land and Its People
Stories of the Land and Its People image
Thursday, April 17 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 19 at 11:00 am

Stories includes the art and academic work of over 140 students who participated in a year-long collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and four Maine public schools.

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Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity
Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity
Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 12 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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Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder
Chummy Rich
April 5, 2014

A story about a long-time Bass Harbor resident, and boat builder, Chummy Rich. This documentary follows the design and building of the Andromeda, a 28-foot cabin cruiser designed by Mr. Rich’s father.

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Reviving the Freedom Mill
The Freedom Mill
April 5, 2014

When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the town of Freedom, Maine.

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Gone: The Mystery of the Don Disaster
picnicers on the dock
March 29, 2014

34 Mainers disappear in this true story of sudden death. GONE explores the puzzling disappearance in 1941 of the pleasure craft DON.

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As Played by Joe Derrane
Joe Derrane
March 23, 2014

The reemergence of Irish-American traditional musician, Joe Derrane following 40 years of neglecting his traditional Irish button accordion is the subject of this MPBN Community Films piece.

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There Is My Home
There is My Home production still
March 22, 2014

There Is My Home: Somali Bantu Farmers of Lewiston, Maine is the story of Hawa Ibrahim and Batula Ismail, two Somali women reconnecting with their agricultural roots in central Maine urban landscape.

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Heirloom
Heirloom
March 22, 2014

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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