The Public — Trailer

source:   youtube.com

added: Fri, Jan 5th '18

Emilio Estevez writes, directs, and leads an impressive cast, playing the manager of a public library that unofficially becomes a makeshift homeless shelter in the forthcoming socially conscious ensemble drama "The Public."

The film, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Michael Kenneth Williams, Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, and Jacob Vargas, takes place during the freezing winter of a midwestern city.

When a homeless person suddenly dies during a particularly cold day, the rest of the homeless community take refuge inside the doors of a downtown library. But when city officials vote to throw them out, the homeless are forced to stage a public sit-in. Stuck in the middle of the increasingly angry protest is the library's manager (Estevez), who eventually must choose sides.

Filmed at the Cincinnati public library, one of the largest public libraries in America, "The Public" will be released later this year. Until then, you can watch the newly-released trailer, above.

synopsis:
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 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. 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. 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.

 

directed by   Emilio Estevez

starring   Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Michael Kenneth Williams, Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas

release date   2018

 
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