Sept. 29, 2018
Kristina Smith
Marketing committee chairman
American Presidents Film & Literary Festival
Fremont, OH 43420
800-998-7737, ext. 217

FREMONT – The screenwriter for the HBO Miniseries “John Adams” is the keynote speaker during the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival’s Red Carpet Event on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Strand Concert Theater in downtown Fremont.

Screenwriter Kirk Ellis will discuss “Who Will Write Our History? – The Importance and Dangers of Memory, Legacy and Posterity in John Adams’ World – and Ours” during the special event from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Strand, 220 S. Front St.

State Rep. Bill Reineke and Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez will make brief remarks and introduce Ellis.

This event also serves as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Lecture on the Presidency, an annual event that has combined with the film and literary festival this year. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is one of the film and literary festival organizers.

Ellis talk and Red Carpet Event are sponsored by National Machinery Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.

A wine tasting is from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the lecture. Tickets are $30 per person, plus a nominal service fee, and are available at and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. They also are included with an all-access pass, which costs $65.

Ticket sales are available online until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. After that, tickets will still be available at venues where ticketed events are held, subject to availability.

Ellis won two Emmys, a WGA Award, a Peabody and the Humanitas Prize for his work as a writer and co-executive producer on “John Adams.” The miniseries won a record-breaking 13 Emmys, as well as four Golden Globe awards.

Previously, Ellis received an Emmy nomination and won the WGA Award and Humanitas Prize for the ABC miniseries “Anne Frank,” which he wrote and co-produced. Miniseries on which he has served as writer and producer have garnered more than 50 Emmy nominations.

Currently, Ellis is developing a drama series set in the world of Chinese American nightclubs in World War II, based on the Lisa See novel “China Dolls” and produced in conjunction with actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim.

Upcoming motion picture projects include “Age of Reason,” based on an incident in the life of Thomas Paine; the bilingual feature “El Democrata,” based on the life of Mexican Revolutionary hero Francisco Madero; and a biography of the Marquis de Lafayette for director Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”) and Why Not Productions.

Ellis is also co-author of “The Order: 1886,” a history-based video game for Sony, which debuted to record sales in February 2015. With Santa Fe-based Atalaya Productions, he is developing the television series “The Harvey Girls” and “In the Kingdom of Ice,” based on the best-selling non-fiction adventure by Hampton Sides.

For a full schedule of film and literary festival events and to purchase tickets, visit Like the film festival on Facebook at @ampresfilmlit.

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.

It is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.