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Ensemble drama inspired by a 2007 LA Times story written by Chip Ward. "The Public" is the nickname given to one of the central characters in the film: The Los Angeles Public Library. The ... See full summary »

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Ensemble drama inspired by a 2007 LA Times story written by Chip Ward. "The Public" is the nickname given to one of the central characters in the film: The Los Angeles Public Library. The story revolves around the library inhabitants, many of whom are homeless and mentally ill who seek shelter and warmth inside its walls during two of the coldest days in the city in recent memory. With an exhausted and overwhelmed staff at odds with library administration over how to handle the crisis, a conscientious librarian turns the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" type sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and library officials. Sides are drawn and the big questions are asked about how to care of our fellow citizens who are unable to care for themselves. In the tradition of some of the great classic films of the 1970's (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, Nashville) "The Public" is a richly drawn ... Written by Anonymous

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