The Public (2018)

Drama, General Film

Director: Emilio Estevez

Writer(s): Emilio Estevez

Starring: Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Wright, Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Michael Kenneth Williams, Spencer Garrett, Susanna Thompson, Richard T. Jones, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Vargas, Carly Tamborski, Alejandro Castillo, David Myers Gregory, Ming Wang, Patrick Hume, William C. Ingram, Brian Gallagher, Brian Bowman, Anita Farmer Bergman, Jon Osbeck, Ray Bouderau, William Cross, Nik Pajic, Rhymefest, Michelle Poole, Adam Hicks, Amy Kay Clark, Bret Aaron Knower, Angela Coburn, Joanne Popolin, Robert Gerding, Laura Dejean, Michael Douglas Hall, Bryan Kruse, Brianna Moreau, Kurt Roberson, Mia Vera, Michael D Overman, Joe Maurer, Nick Pirrmann, Victoria Borbridge, Tyler Joseph Campbell, John Newsom, Michael Urriquia, Richard Doone, Steven Johnson, Bryant Bentley, Mark Angel, John E. Brownlee, Steven Schraub, Kenneth Meyer, Michael Lee Bailey, Al Harland, Jason Marcus Griffith, Jill Coughlin, Gary Maloney, Sammy Geroulis, Charles Poole, Angela Chambers, John W. Harden, Marcus B. Jackson, Jim Waldfogle, Dylan Keith Adams, Matt Hudson, Jeremy Greenwell, Shawn P. Farrell, Jennifer Henson, Susan Kile, Matt Ridley, Kelly L. Parisi, Mark Angel, Michael Laurianti, Michael G Wirick, David Pittinger, Zac Thomas, Hickory Taylor, Cliff Cash, Christina Sparks, Eric Thomas Wilber, Chet Brinson, Jay Arseneault, Jasmine Taylor, Kevin McCane, Yaqehyah Yisrael, Dana Cummin, Anthony Antal, Jared Earland, Shuo Chen, Elliott Carr, Aaron Pullins IV, Ted J. Weil, Nicholas Earl Schmidt, Scott Ficorilli, Dustin Bell, Domenyk Mitchell, Wylie Caudill, Mallory Young, Lesleigh Chumbley, Derek Polen, Jaylen Richardson, Daniel J. Le Saint, Deshawn Harris, Michael D. Watson, Luna Madison, Aaron Foster, Donnie Dunn, Gregory M. Knight, Dillon Lynch, Harry McCane, Franco Pinacchio, Don Reilly, Kevin W. Shiveley, Brooke Singleton, Steven Terry Walker

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.

Release Date: April 5, 2019 (USA) | Length: 122 min | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content.

Note: Not sure if Mark Angel is comedian Mark Angel from YouTube.