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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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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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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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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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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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From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film
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February 7, 2015

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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Island Winter
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January 31, 2015

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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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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