Presidential Film & Literary Festival set for Oct. 4-6

Press Staff Writer

        A film on President Teddy Roosevelt’s concern for conservation and his creation of national parks will be among films shown this fall at the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival, set for Friday, Oct. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 6, at various locations in Fremont. Locations include the Strand Concert Theater, Fremont Middle School, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Birchard Public Library and Live Edge Center
        “Presidential Foresight: Theodore Roosevelt and the National Parks,” directed by Julia Mulheren, of Fremont, will be shown during the short film block throughout the weekend at The Strand Concert Theater in downtown Fremont. The block will include five other short films with run times ranging from seven-and-a-half minutes to 28 minutes.
        A schedule of show times and tickets will be available at
        “Presidential Foresight” examines how Roosevelt’s concern for conservation led him to use his authority as president to create the U.S. Forest Service and sign the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect wildlife and public lands. His enthusiasm and foresight to preserve millions of acres for millions of visitors inspired Mulheren to showcase some of the national parks existing today.
        Each of the films selected for this festival have some connection to the American presidency and touch in some way, directly or loosely, on the themes of people, places, politics and power.
        Awards will be given for the best feature-length film, best short film, best production and people’s choice. Attendees can vote for their favorite film through the people’s choice contest. Ballot boxes will be located at each theater.
        The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is the only film and literary festival in the United States to focus on the American presidency.
        In addition to films, the festival includes a cooking class with a former White House chef, talks by authors and historians, an escape room geared toward teens, lantern tours of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ grounds with living history presenters, a red carpet event with a keynote talk about Adrian Miller, author of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” and more.
        The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.
        The 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.
        For info, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @ampresfilmlit.


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