First Trailer for Public Library Drama 'The Public' with Emilio Estevez

January 4, 2018
Source: YouTube

The Public Trailer

"We're a public library, we're not a shelter for the homeless." The first trailer has debuted for the latest film written & directed by Emilio Estevez (where has he been all this time?) titled The Public, which is a reference to a public library in Cincinnati. On top of writing & directing, Estevez also stars as one of the managers of the library. When an Arctic cold comes into the city, a group of homeless people decide to hold an "occupy" movement and camp out in the library. The full cast features Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Ki Hong Lee, Richard T. Jones, and Jacob Vargas. This actually seems like a fascinating take on this kind of story. Pretty much every public library in every city has to deal with homeless people, and yet this seems to show how important this place is to the community and to these people, it's a nice twist on the norm. I am quite curious about the various angles of this story they're playing with in the film. Definitely worth a look.

Here's the first official trailer for Emilio Estevez's The Public, found directly from YouTube:

The Public Movie

An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati, OH 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. The Public is both written and directed by actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez, who previously directed the films Wisdom, Men at Work, The War at Home, Bobby, and The Way. There's no release date info available yet for The Public, stay tuned for updates. First impression?

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Looks surprisingly good. I mean, it kind of seems like the problem could be solved easily, but the drama looks good.

DAVIDPD on Jan 4, 2018


Good to see Emilio Estevez doing something again.

Lin Group on Jan 4, 2018


This looks good, very good indeed. Count me in. And I like seeing Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone and Christian Slater here. Like players from some underestimated league, but always interesting ...

shiboleth on Jan 5, 2018


Definitely peace. And I know, this won't be done marvelously, but I appreciate the effort of raising some interesting issues like public spaces and their respective use. As for the cast, I'm a bit sympathetic, sometimes, to those who can't do better but they still try. From time to time, they tend to surprise. Of course, I understand this is not for everyone ... And I very much appreciate a virtue of disagreeing, Bo.,. So, yes, peace, very much indeed ....

shiboleth on Jan 6, 2018


Well Bo, looks like the problem with homeless people is much bigger over there in US. It is definitely a different social and economic system than the European one. I guess we got more lucky with some things concerning the social and economic rights. However, here, in Europe it (the problem of homelessness) is generally almost non existent, comparing to American state of affairs. Of course, there are homeless people around here, but mostly they are somehow taken care of. Up to some point, but there is, of course, nothing perfect about that issue. And of course, I do believe you that the whole thing is unpleasant on your side of the globe. And I believe it is not perfectly credible in that respect in this film, but I want see, at least, some hint of the problem and yes, how this film is going to deal with it. Thank you for understanding that ... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jan 6, 2018


Yeah, it remains to be seen what Estevez is going to do. Of course, as said, I don't have the highest expectations, but I like the idea for film. You did curb some of my enthusiasm for it, but I will give it a try anyway. As for the homeless people problem, we both know that we could talk here about it from many perspectives and I suggest that we continue doing that some other time. There will be other opportunities. Stay good until then. Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Jan 7, 2018


Hooray! An original concept, that has substance and heart! There is no reason anyone has to be without shelter in this country at any time....this movie could be an important event that addresses this horrific travesty. Go Emilio!

kitano0 on Jan 5, 2018


Hot diggity dog, good to see Emilio again! Looking even more like his old man these days, probably because he's an old man these days.

grimjob on Jan 5, 2018


Did anyone see 'Bobby'? How was it? Seems Emilio has a niche with ensemble casts.

Duane on Jan 5, 2018


Yes! I did. I was a big big fan of the film, even though most other critics didn't like it. Found it really strong, presenting a unique angle on Bobby and his story and his followers. I think Estevez is actually a skilled director, but her makes understated ensemble films and they don't always connect with everyone. I'm curious to see this, for sure.

Alex Billington on Jan 5, 2018


thanks Alex. I remember when you presented the trailer for it on this site. I'll see if I can track it down.

Duane on Jan 5, 2018


loved bobby - great ensemble cast. give it a watch.

dan on Jan 5, 2018


I'm liking this a lot. looks like another solid directing effort from Estevez.

dan on Jan 5, 2018


Definitely peace. And I know, this won't be done marvelously, but I appreciate the effort of raising some interesting issues like public spaces and their respective use. As for the cast, I'm a bit sympathetic, sometimes, to those who can't do better but they still try. From time to time, they tend to surprise

Jose Costa on Jan 8, 2018

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