Cincinnati Premiere of “the Public”
Cincinnati premiere of "The Public" March 29th at the Taft Theater. Following the movie, Film Cincinnati will host a Q&A with Emilio Estevez.
In THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library. 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, with 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: the public library.
This event benefits Film Cincinnati and supports local homelessness agencies including ShelterHouse and Strategies To End Homelessness.
Thank you to our sponsors - Kroger | Zero Hunger, Zero Waste & Cinnova Technologies.