A brand new look at one of America’s favorite national parks. Jack Perkins, former NBC News correspondent and host of A&E’s Biography Series, lends his powerful narrative to this hour long tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. The photography of Jeff Dobbs and Bing Miller, who call Acadia home, and the music of John Cooper will lift your spirits and keep Acadia alive in your heart..always
About Jeff Dobbs
Dobbs Productions of Bar Harbor has been making documentaries about Maine for almost three decades. Over twenty films , all seen on Maine Public Television and many of them have been broadcast on national PBS. Jack Perkins, formerly a NBC News commentator, hosted all of them, with three exceptions. “Wild Maine” a story about Maine’s abundant wildlife, featured Jennifer Skiff, a former CNN reporter and Maine resident , and “The Lighthouses of Maine: A Journey Through Time” was hosted by Tim Harrison, president of the American Lighthouse Association. The third. Entitled “Portrait of an Island: The Story of Mount Desert Island,” was hosted by Jeff Dobbs, himself, and was written by his friend Gunnar Hansen, star of the cult film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” The film was never aired on Maine Public Television, but it did receive some notoriety in the Bar Harbor Times. Over the years Dobbs Productions Maine documentaries have become a staple on Maine Public Television and many people, mostly Mainers, have enjoyed these films and especially the aerial views of the state., but documentaries isn’t the only thing that Dobbs Productions does, so what else do they do besides tell stories about Maine and it’ people?
Jeff Dobbs graduated from Emerson College, in 1972.,with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, majoring in film. He began his career in still photography: but scenic and marine photography and his interest in maritime history led him to collect hundreds of old photographs of steamships, and all types of sailing vessels , from coasting schooners, and full rigged ships to America’s Cup contenders. Dobbs used a sepia technique to give the photos a nostalgic look. Hundreds of these photos still hang in local restaurants, hotels and homes.
In the mid to late 1970’s, Jeff had two stores, both named Down to the Sea In Ships , in Bar Harbor and in Northeast Harbor, where he sold his sepia photographs and nautical brass.
When cable television first came to Bar Harbor, Mr. Dobbs leased time on the local access channel and started Dobbs Productions. He rented some old video equipment from a production company in Bangor and with the help of an old college roommate, Doug Wornick, created “Island Update”, Maine’s first cable tourist information channel. The first two seasons of “Island Update” were broadcast from his dining room, with Jeff not only being the host, but the cameraman too. “Island Update” included advertising for local restaurants, shops and museums, and stories about local history and tourist activities, including golf, fishing, and hiking reports. All the reporters were local business people, including the editor from the local newspaper. Eventually “Island Update” became MDI Tv and grew to include short productions about the history and people of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. In the mid 1980’s Jeff enlisted the help of Penny Purcell, a local actress and friend, who co-hosted the show for many years. Eventually MDI Tv became The Acadia Channel, which features information about the area and shorter versions of the documentaries Mr. Dobbs has produced over the past 17 years
The story of Dobbs Productions includes Mr. Dobbs best friend, Bing Miller, who came to work with Mr. Dobbs in the early 1980’s. The two have worked together so long that when people call Dobbs Productions, they can never tell their voices apart. Mr. Miller shares the same interest in Maine History that Mr. Dobbs has, and they have been together through many film adventures in the state of Maine, from the top of Mount Katahdin to some of the most remote islands on the Maine Coast. Their travels have also included many other parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe.
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Since his first documentary,” Portrait of An Island,” Jeff has always enjoyed telling stories through film and video and sharing them with his cable audience on Mount Desert Island, and Public Television .Without a doubt ,A major turning point in Mr. Dobbs and Mr. Miller’s film careers was when they became associated with Jack Perkins, who had retired from NBC and moved to Bar Harbor and Bar Island in the early 1980’s.Their relationship began with Mr. Perkins using Acadia for a backdrop for many of his commentaries for national network and cable television and PBS. Eventually Jack collaborated with Jeff and Bing to produce many documentaries about Maine , and the collaboration continues today as they venture into the world of high definition.