In this wonderful film called "The Public," an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made it's way to downtown Cincinnati and to the front doors of the public library where the action takes place. The script was written by Emilio Estevez, who has also composed a discussion guide for it with Ryan Down, a strong homelessness advocate from Chicago. In this story, at odds with library oficials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit-in.
What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgement media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues - homelessness and mental illness - and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. The movie stars Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, Che "RHYMEFEST" Smith, Alec Baldwin, and Jacob Vargas. It is a very inspiring tale about "doing the right thing" that everyone should see!
It's rated PG-13 for some thematic material, nudity, language and suggestive content and the running time is 2 hours. This program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and is free and open to the public.