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“THE PUBLIC” SCREENING & PANEL With Emilio Estevez
March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm26$ – 96$
6pm to 6:45pm – Reception in Black Box for VIP ticket purchasers
7pm to 9pm – Screening of THE PUBLIC in Main Stage
9pm to 9:30pm – Panel with Emilio Estevez and Author Ryan Dowd, moderated by David Nugent, Artistic Director of Hamptons International Film Festival
*All proceeds will benefit Mental Health Partnerships. $25 of each ticket is tax deductible.
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.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright