“It must be really nice to have a job where you get to sit around and read all day.” “It’s all drunks and crazy people.” “Is it cold enough for you?” “People are freezing to death.” In ‘The Public’ an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place.
“The unidentified homeless man was found dead just outside the doors of the public library.” “I heard two more people froze to death.” “When it gets this cold I don’t know why they don’t just let us stay here.” The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in.
“There’s not enough shelter for people on the street.” “Who is us?” “The Library has now been sanctioned an official emergency shelter.” What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. “We’re a public library, we’re not a shelter for the homeless.”
“There a lot of cops cars here, is everything alright?” “The patrons is staging an action.” “Sooner or later you’re gonna have to open that door.” This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness.
“God gives us all a voice, this time I’m gone fight back.” “The public library is the last bastion of true democracy we have in this country.” Directed and written by Emilio Estevez, who also stars the films drama is set inside a public library. With an all-star ensemble cast that includes: Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, and Jeffrey Wright ‘The Public’ will make its worldwide premiere at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Richard T. Jones, Jacob Vargas, and Michael K. Williams are also featured in the film.
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