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Trailer Drops For Emilio Estevez’s Next Directorial Outing “The Public”

Yesterday, a Trailer hit for a film I’d been curious about for a while. It’s called The Public, which marks the latest writing and directing project for Emilio Estevez. His previous outings have been some of the more underrated flicks of the past handful of years, so his was something I’d had my eye on. In fact, just this week I actually got to see it as well, scratching that particular itch. More on that another time, but this Trailer is one worth sharing. You’ll be able to see it at the bottom of this post, but first…some discussion is in order, of course.

The movie is a drama centering on a standoff between the homeless and the police, within the walls of a library. The extensive plot description from IMDb is as follows: “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.” Librarians Stuart Goodson (Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) will pair with the patrons, led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams), in a peaceful fight against the police, including Detective Bill Ramstead (Alec Baldwin). Estevez writes and directs as well as stars, with Juan Miguel Azpiroz handling cinematography, as well as the duo of Tyler Bates and Joanne Higginbottom composing the score. The ensemble cast also includes the likes of Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright, and more.

Estevez is a filmmaker with a definite eye towards awards contention, at least going by his last few works. Bobby got him close to the Oscar race, while The Way was sadly snubbed by the Academy, especially in terms of his father Martin Sheen’s performance. This time around, The Public looks to be mixing those two projects, crafting an ensemble tale with a combination of crowd pleasing and importance. Reviews last fall out of the Toronto International Film Festival were solid, though this probably won’t be an Academy Award player. As mentioned, I’ve very recently seen it, but will be holding off on my thoughts until closer to release.

You can see this Trailer for The Public next. The film is going to hit theaters on April 5th, so it’s only about a month away. That week, I’ll give my full review, so be on the lookout for that. For the moment, anyone who enjoyed Bobby or The Way should definitely have this one on their radar. Estevez is going to make an Oscar nominated movie one day, I’m fairly confident of that. He’s made worthy works already, they’ve just been ignored. Soon, the Academy will wise up to what he’s doing. For now, just give a look to the Trailer and sit tight for my full take on it in April…

Here now is the Trailer for The Public:

Stay tuned for more on The Public between now and its early April release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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