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.
Angela goes to the library a considerable time after the library is closed to get her library card. See more »
[He and Stuart approach Jackson and Smutts]
What's going on, fellas?
Caesar's missing. No one has seen him since last night!
We were riding on the metro to keep warm. Somewhere along the way, he must have wandered off. We looked around, and he was just gone!
Just like that. One minute, he's there. Next minute, he's not! We looked all around, no one has seen him. I mean, *nobody*!
Cold must have gotten him, Mr. Goodson...
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A good movie not getting enough attention.
When I saw this, there were only 2 of us in the theater and that's a shame since this is a good movie that should be seen by everyone. Good acting, direction and writing. It needs more publicity!
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