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“The Public” Film Screening (Chicago)
March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for a free screening of THE PUBLIC, a new film from writer/director Emilio Estevez. The Public stars Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams, Jeffrey Wright and Che “Rhymefest” Smith.
A panel discussion featuring Emilio Estevez, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and representatives from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will immediately follow the screening.
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. At odds with library officials 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-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.