Community partners planning first American Presidents Film & Literary Festival for Oct. 4-7

FREMONT – The first ever film and literary festival to focus on the American Presidency will take place Oct. 4-7 in Fremont, home of America’s first presidential library.
The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival will focus on issues related to the American Presidency. The literary component will include talks by featured authors and essay and poetry contests.

Several community partners, including the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Birchard Public Library, Fremont City Schools and the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, are organizing the festival.

It will take place at various locations around Fremont, including The Strand Concert Theater, Fremont City Schools, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Birchard Public Library.
Kirk Ellis, screenwriter for the 2008 HBO miniseries “John Adams,” will be the keynote speaker. He will talk on Oct. 6 at The Strand Concert Theater.
“John Adams” starred Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney and chronicled the life of Adams, a founding father and the second U.S. President. The miniseries won four Golden Globe awards.
Ellis’ talk also will serve as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Lecture on the Presidency this year. Lecture on the Presidency is sponsored by National Machinery Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.

On the literary side, children’s book author Connie Remlinger Trounstine, of Cincinnati, will speak to student groups at Fremont City Schools and have a public event during the festival.
Trounstine wrote “Fingerprints on the Table: The Story of the White House Treaty Table.” Her book focuses on the White House Treaty Table and the people who have used it, from politicians and foreign dignitaries to kids who lived in the White House.

There also are essay and poetry contests for kids and adults. For contest rules, deadlines and prizes, visit
The film festival is accepting film submissions on topics related to the American Presidency through the themes of people, places, politics and power. All filmmakers, whether emerging or experienced, are invited to submit a film to the festival.

Submissions can be made at the Film Freeway at
For updates, visit the film festival’s website at and its Facebook page at

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is committed to providing a place for expanded national and international understanding of the history and current events that have and continue to shape and influence the President of the United States. Utilizing the site and community of America’s first presidential library and museum, filmmakers, film professionals and authors will inspire audiences to explore, understand, critique and analyze the people, places, politics and power surrounding the American Presidency.

Kristina Smith
Marketing committee chairman
American Presidents Film & Literary Festival
Fremont, OH 43420
800-998-7737, ext. 217