The Public


California Theatre, San Jose Sat, Mar 9, 2019 6:45 PM
Hammer Theatre SJ Sun, Mar 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Rating:Not Rated
Additional Info
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Emilio Estevez
Producer:Emilio Estevez
Alex Lebovici
Steve Ponce
Lisa Niedenthal
Screenwriter:Emilio Estevez
Music:Tyler Bates
Joanne Higginbottom
Cinematographer:Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Editor:Richard Chew
Hu Yang-Hua
Cast:Emilio Estevez
Jacob Vargas
Gabrielle Union
Taylor Schilling
Jeffrey Wright
Christian Slater
Jena Malone
Alec Baldwin
Michael K. Williams


The March 9th screening of The Public at the California Theatre, will be followed by a discussion with Emilio Estevez and 2017 Librarian of the Year, Jill Bourne.

A police standoff...a media the public library.

An incredible all-star cast mesmerize in Emilio Estevez's (The Breakfast Club) powerful new film that explores issues surrounding homelessness, mental health, role of community, and fighting for what is right. Stuart (Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone, Into the Wild) have their daily challenges managing the library and its daily assortment of visitors - ranging from knowledge seekers, loiterers, to homeless people. The growing danger of one of the coldest winters on record sparks a sit-in by patrons who have nowhere to sleep. Their refusal to leave the warmth of the library soon escalates into chaos that involves the police, a crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin, Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award Recipient), a local politician (Christian Slater), and a reporter (Gabrielle Union). Also featuring Taylor Schilling, Jeffrey Wright, and Michael K. Williams, The Public lays out the conflicts between rights and responsibilities, empathy, and authority.

Sponsored by Bank Of America

Presented In Honor Of Jim Boyce