American hosting free screening of “The Post.” But you need a ticket

ELLSWORTHThe Ellsworth American is underwriting a free screening of “The Post” at The Grand on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free to those who have the ticket coupon that has been printed in The American for the past few weeks. The coupon appears in this week’s edition of The American on Page 7 of Section I. The Grand has seating for 470. Admission will be first come, first served.

Those without tickets will have to pay general admission.

“The Post” is a 2017 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post. Set in the early 1970s, “The Post” is the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.

“The Post” was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017 and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time. It received two Academy Award nominations.

The Washington Post has a special place in the hearts of the staff of The Ellsworth American. The late James Russell Wiggins, The American’s former editor and publisher who put the newspaper on the map, was editor of The Washington Post from 1947 to 1968. He worked closely with Katharine Graham during his years at the Post. Graham traveled to Ellsworth in 1996 and sat beside Wiggins at an outdoor ceremony at which the Down East YMCA was named in his honor.

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