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 ... See full summary »

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... Rebecca Parks
... Myra
... Angela
... Anderson
... Josh Davis
... Detective Bill Ramstead
... Stuart Goodson
... Jackson
... Chip
... Chief Edwards
... Ernesto
... John Harper
... Jonah
... Library Patron
... Lieutenant Ray
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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.

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You. Me. Us. We.

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31 January 2018 (USA)  »

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Has been in development for over six years. Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, and Justin Long were all rumoured to appear in the film at one time or another. See more »

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Stuart Goodson: The patrons are staging an action!
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