Ryan O'Dowd and Emilio Estevez interviewed at the Miami Dade Public Library

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PBS Books, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and WLRN covered the Q&A of the screening of The Public, written by and starring Emilio Estevez, along with author and homeless advocate Ryan Dowd.  

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'The Public' Film Interview at Miami Dade Public Library

'The Public' Film Interview at Miami Dade Public Library

Emilio Estevez and Ryan O'Dowd at Miami Dade Public Library

Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez

Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez talks about how libraries play a vital role in society.

 

Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd

Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd

Ryan O'Dowd speaks on how libraries offer a respite to the homeless.

Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd

Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd

Ryan O'Dowd talks about Humanizing and Empowering the Homeless

 

The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez

The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez talks about the inspiration for his film "The Public"

Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd

Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd

Ryan O'Dowd talks about how he ended up working on "The Public"

 

Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez

Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez talks about his favorite character in his film

Film Development | Emilio Estevez

Film Development | Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez talks about his film development of "The Public"

 

 

Synopsis

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. 

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