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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Estevez Movie, 'The Public', Comes Out This Spring!

A scene from the official trailer:
I was so excited to read this news today: Emilio Estevez's movie about working in a public library has been picked up and will be out this spring! I got the good news from Deadline Hollywood.

The Public is a unique film that Estevez wrote, directed, and co-starred in. Here's part of the description: 
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. 
I was lucky enough to see a preview of this film last summer at the American Library Association's Annual Conference. Read my review in Marketing Library Services. (It contains links to background info on the movie and interviews with Estevez.) The Public made me laugh, and cry.

I took this shot of Estevez (center) with library colleagues
when The Public was first previewed at ALA in June 2018.
If you like and value libraries; if you have ever worked in a library (or just wanted to); you'll want to see this well-researched, well-made film. Watch for it to come to your area! 

I really appreciate that Emilio Estevez made this film to highlight the plight of public libraries and marginalized citizens. Bravo! 

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