The 2018 film The Public is being shown at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater this evening (November 21). Cost is $5. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!
After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless library patrons led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time.
What begins as a nonviolent Occupy-style sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught in the middle. The Public was directed and written by Emilio Estevez.