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MPT Program Acquisitions

MPT recognizes the importance of local and independent filmmakers and their unique ability to capture truths about the world with artistic integrity, intelligence, and balance. MPT supports these artists and gives viewers access to their voices and viewpoints. These producers' programs provide viewers with a better understanding of the world, an open door to the arts, and actionable information to improve their daily lives.

Welcome, producers! Please scroll to the bottom of this page for special information about submitting your work or program ideas to MPT.

Upcoming programs

Come Find Me

Saturday, March 18th @ 7pm

Come Find Me follows the story of Nori Vito, a 30-year-old single mother seeking to fill the void in her life.  Nori grew up in a loving family in Maryland, but was adopted from a Romanian orphanage after the fall of the Communist regime. With a handful of faded documents as her only clues to her past life, she searches for her birth mother and siblings. After locating them through social media, Nori travels to Romania and Greece to meet her newly-found siblings and mother, Mandica.

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Sunday, March 26th @ 3pm

A portrait of Nicole Sherry, Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, one of only two women in that position in Major League Baseball. The film follows Nicole's story, from intern for the Orioles ground team while in college to Head Groundskeeper for the Yankee farm team, the Trenton Thunder, and up through her current role with the Orioles. Features and original soundtrack and interviews with Nicole, her mentor, fellow groundskeepers, coaches, players, baseball historians and team GMs.


Pop's Old Place

Tuesday, April 18th @ 9pm (premiere); Wednesday, April 19th @ 1am and 4am

Welcome to Pop's Old Place on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where Darlene Goehringer, on the land her family has farmed since 1909, affords a glimpse into the possibilities of eating well while restoring the planet. Follow Darlene and her animals through the cycle of the year as they illustrate the importance of pasture-grazing to improve the soil, raising healthy animals, and reducing runoff.

Search for the Cooper: A River Hidden in Full View

Wednesday, April 19th @ 7pm  (premiere)

Four teenagers kayak, hike, muck and bushwhack for six days along the neglected Cooper River in Camden County, NJ in an unprecedented challenge is to find the source of the river 17 miles upstream from its mouth on the Delaware River. Their journey of discovery - of the river and themselves - serves as an inspiration for people everywhere to experience, protect and preserve their urban waterways.

Upstream, Downriver

Wednesday, April 19th @ 8pm  (premiere); Thursday, April 20th @ 12:30am

There is a human connection to the rivers that flow through the heart of cities, towns, and rural areas. 50 years after the Clean Water Act was enacted, frontline activists continue to fight for clean water equity and climate justice across the U.S. Interwoven with their inspiring, powerful stories is historical context that reveals the systemic disregard for many disadvantaged communities.

Headwaters Down

Wednesday, April 19th @ 8:30pm (premiere); Thursday, April 20th @ 1am and 4am

Five friends take a 13-day, 250-mile journey from the headwaters of the James River to the fall line in Richmond, VA, exploring the troubled history of the river's environment and the lives that have been lived along the banks. Along their journey, they struggle to stay positive through threats of violence, the loss of a boat, and news of sewage leaks and coal train derailments along the river.

Bayou City

Wednesday, April 19th @ 10:15pm (premiere); Thursday, April 20th @ 2:45am

Houston is home to 22 bayou systems. However, the city has a long and tumultuous relationship with its bayous, as growth and development have degraded one of Houston's most stunning and valuable ecosystems. This documentary follows the dedicated and passionate individuals within Houston's conservation community as they work to change the relationship between the city and its bayous.

Wetlands of Wonder: The Hidden World of Vernal Pools

Saturday, April 22nd @ 9am (premiere)

A panoramic voyage into vernal pools, unique and isolated seasonal wetlands found in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia that usually emerge around forests, seasonally-flooded woodlands or floodplains. The film follows a year in the life of the species that call these habitats home and follows efforts by scientists and biologists to track environmental changes in these natural areas.

Island Empire

Saturday, April 22nd @ 4pm (premiere)

The story of the Cobb family from Massachusetts, who settled on a deserted barrier island off the coast of Virginia in the 1830s.  The Cobbs took a big, empty sand bar, and through sheer grit, determination, and perseverance, through tragedy and setbacks, created a vibrant, working community for nearly 100 years.


Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story

Sunday, April 9th @ 4pm

A chronicle of the life and legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the 20th century's most prominent Jewish theologians and philosophers. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Heschel a "great prophet" and their social justice views aligned; noted theologian Reinhold Niebuhr also spoke of his friend Heschel as "an authoritative voice not only in the Jewish community but in the religious life of America."

Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story

The Kalb Report, Episode 1402 (Series Finale)

Sunday, April 23rd @ 4pm

In the series finale, Marvin Kalb and fellow legendary journalist Ted Koppel take turns in the moderator’s seat as they explore the symbiotic state of our democracy and the press, from the Cold War to the War on Truth. Kalb also reflects on his life in journalism and his enlightening Kalb Report conversations over the last three decades with network anchors, global correspondents, media moguls, Supreme Court justices, and "the most trusted man in America" - Walter Cronkite – who, in 1998, presciently warned of some of the dangers our democracy is facing today. The program is punctuated with highlights from past interviews, including clips featuring guests Jim Lehrer, Diane Sawyer, Rupert Murdoch, Bob Costas and others.

The Kalb Report 1402


Forest Her: The Next Wave of Conservation

Sunday, April 23rd @ 1pm

Join in on the journey of the historical roles women have provided to their communities through scientific forest management, from the perspectives of private forest landowners, professional foresters, citizen foresters, and a groundbreaking conservation trailblazer. Planting trees and inspiration for a healthier planet for today and tomorrow.

Forest Her: The Next Wave of Conservation

Tales of Belair at Bowie

Sunday, April 23rd @ 3pm

Belair at Bowie was one of Maryland's first planned communities. Built in the early 1960s  by developer William Levitt, widely credited as 'The Father of Suburbia,' Belair at Bowie promised an idyllic suburban lifestyle, but  was this community everything that was originally promised in the sale brochure? This whimsically nostalgic film presents first-hand memories and tours of homes from original residents of the community,  mixed with archival footage and photos.  Throughout the film, clips are included from a 1960's West German documentary shot in the community, providing an ironic commentary on 1960s American suburban life. The film also briefly explores the racial tensions that turned to protests because the developer did not sell homes to black families, and how that ultimately led to a more culturally diverse community.

Tales of Belair at Bowie

Go-Go City: Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC

Monday, April 24th @ 9pm; Tuesday, April 25th @ 1:30am

For decades, Washington, DC, aka “Chocolate City,” has been a beacon for Black culture and community. Now, however, a wave of economic and cultural gentrification occurring at breakneck speed threatens to erase this history.  This film follows as protesters for racial justice took to the District’s streets in the summer of 2020, and interweaves  scenes of protest as displaced communities take to the streets to rally around the city’s unique Go-Go music scene to retake the streets and make their voices heard.

Go-Go City: Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC


Tuesday, April 18th @ 9:30 PM; Wednesday, April 19th @ 1:30 AM and 4:30 AM

Power of the Paddle

Chris Hopkinson's 240-mile paddleboard journey down the Chesapeake for oyster recovery.

Wednesday, April 19th @ 7:30 PM

Troubled Tributary: Maryland's Patuxent River

Despite abundant conservation resources, the Patuxent River remains polluted.

Wednesday, April 19th @ 9:30 PM; Thursday, April 20th @ 2:00 AM

Water's Way: Thinking Like a Watershed

A look at how natural elements like beavers and trees could aid efforts to restore the Bay.

Thursday, April 20th @ 9:30 PM; Friday, April 21st @ 1:30 AM and 4:30 AM


Festival of 3 short films about oysters and their impact on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday, April 20th @ 10:00 PM; Friday, April 21st @ 2:00 AM


The military is fighting to save its highest concentration of bases from sea level rise. 

Thursday, April 20th @ 10:30 PM; Friday, April 21st @ 2:30 AM

The Sentinels

Sentinel Landscapes Partnership jointly promotes security, conservancy, and agriculture.

Saturday, April 22nd @ 4:46 PM

Cold Stunned

Every year, The National Aquarium works to rescue and return home stranded sea turtles.

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A Note to Producers

Do you have a completed program/series or a project in production that you would like to see aired on MPT?  Or maybe you have a program concept that you are looking for MPT to produce or co-produce?  MPT welcomes the opportunityto review your program or idea for consideration as a local broadcast, digital presentation or national public television presentation.  Please complete our online submission form here, and our team will review your project to see if it is a fit for our distribution.

Not sure if your project is suitable for MPT?  Please review our acquisitions primer to learn about MPT's mission, programming objectives, submissions process, and local and national acquisition initiatives. You can also find information about MPT and public television editorial, technical and funding guidelines at the links below:

MPT Editorial Guidelines

MPT Technical Specifications for Programs

The Producing for PBS website