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.
Rapper Rhymefest portrays Big George in this film. He also wrote and performed three songs for the film's soundtrack: "Weaponized," "See Clear," and "Make Noise." See more »
In 'Artic' cold weather you should see everyone outside breath when they speak. No one was even shivering. See more »
Stuart Goodson... What is it with this guy? He seems hell bent on ruining my week!
He thinks he's saving people's lives by keeping them out of the cold.
Well, we have shelters in place for that!
Well, apparently not enough of them!
So that's what this is all about? It's some sort of exercise in civil disobedience?
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Entertaining and Accurate
I really liked this film. The reviews I saw mentioned that it had no ending, no resolution, which is true, but neither does the problem with homelessness in our society. I think it accurately reflects an urban library setting. I'd pay to see it again.
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