A new feature film sheds light on the issues of homelessness and public libraries. Emilio Estevez’s film “The Public” begins a run at the Neon Movies in downtown Dayton on Thursday, April 4. A special Q&A session follows the 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, screening. Guests Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of the Dayton Metro Library; Tina Patterson, CEO of Homefull; and Jessica Jenkins of Montgomery County Homeless Solutions will welcome questions from the audience.
The film, rated PG-13, takes place (and was filmed at) the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. It tells the story of librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) who see their regular winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night. What starts as a peaceful sit-in quickly escalates into a face-off with the police and the media.
Estevez previewed the film at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference, and did an hour long Q&A afterwards. He is a strong advocate for public libraries and the work that librarians do.
“Librarians have become de facto social workers, first responders, and the unsung heroes of our day,” says Estevez.
The Q&A discussion following the April 7 screening of the film focuses the issues on Dayton. Patterson and Jenkins will talk about the status of homelessness and options available in the Dayton area. Kambitsch will discuss why the public library is a key player in issues of homelessness and how they are addressed by the Dayton Metro system. Questions from the audience are welcome.
Tickets to the April 7, 2:00 p.m. screening of “The Public,” and the Q&A Discussion afterward, are available at the Neon box office and online at NeonMovies.com. For other showtimes, visit NeonMovies.com.