• View Trailer

    The Public

    Directed by ​Emilio Estevez
    USA | 119 minutes | Talking Pictures

  • View Trailer

    The Public

    Directed by ​Emilio Estevez
    USA | 119 minutes | Talking Pictures

  

Tickets are $25 for the screening only and $60 for the screening and reception.  Please select the correct ticket type after clicking 'buy tickets'. Passes will not be accepted for entry into the reception.

Librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) 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. Following the screening Mr. Estevez will answer audience questions. A ticketed reception will follow the screening at the Palm Springs Public Library catered by LuLu California Bistro and sponsored by Momentous, Vaso Bello Celebrations, and Diageo. Attendees will be able to speak with Mr. Estevez and other guests about the film.

In conversation with Writer/Director/Actor Emilio Estevez

Schedule

January 14, 2019 10:00 AM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
Tickets not available

film synopsis

Set in Cincinnati on a record-breaking cold day, writer/director Emilio Estevez returns to the library more than 30 years after his famous detention in The Breakfast Club. Stuart (Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) are librarians whose responsibilities seem more like those of social workers, dealing on a daily basis with diverse and marginalized patrons. At closing time, the public library staff is faced with a moral dilemma when, led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams), the homeless patrons stage an action against overcrowded shelters by locking themselves in for the night. As the night progresses, Stuart finds himself at the epicenter of a fight for dignity involving local government, the police, and the media with as his sole allies being Myra, his neighbor, and his direct supervisor. Estevez uses the symbol of the public library to tackle the issues of sensationalized news and politics. Tempered with witty dialogue, the all-star cast delivers nuanced performances of layered characters with different interests in this dramedy about humanity.

film details

Country: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 119 minutes
Language: English
Director: ​Emilio Estevez
Producers: Emilio Estevez, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce, Lisa Niedenthal
Principal Cast: Emilio Estevez, Jacob Vargas, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Alec Baldwin, Michael K. Williams, Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Richard T. Jones, Lee Ki-hong, Spencer Garrett, Michael Hall, Bryant Bentley
Cinematographers: Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Editor: Richard Chew, Hu Yang-Hua
Music: Tyler Bates, Joanne Higginbottom
Screenwriter: Emilio Estevez
Primary Company: Hammerstone Studios

Reception Details

Following the screening Mr. Estevez will answer audience questions. A ticketed reception will follow the screening at the Palm Springs Public Library catered by LuLu California Bistro and sponsored by Momentous, Vaso Bello Celebrations, and Diageo. Attendees will be able to speak with Mr. Estevez and other guests about the film. Tickets are $25 for the screening only and $60 for the screening and reception.

Entry to the reception by name only.

About Palm Springs Speaks
Palm Springs Speaks seeks to entertain and educate while shining the spotlight on literacy for the Coachella Valley. The speaker series provides access to culture and the arts with a variety of speakers representing many walks of life. Palm Springs Speaks is proud to present Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Janet Mock, Jane Fonda and Rick Steves this year as the speakers for our second season.  Our Benefactor Sponsors, the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, collaborated to introduce Palm Springs Speaks last season featuring a diverse selection of internationally known speakers and authors including Dan Savage, Vice President Al Gore in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Dr. Deepak Chopra and best-selling author Lisa Scottoline. Other speaker series sponsors include LuLu California Bistro, The Auen Foundation, The City of Palm Springs, The Rowan Palm Springs, and Rivera Design. For more information or for tickets to this season's speakers, please visit palmspringsspeaks.org

guests in attendance

In conversation with Writer/Director/Actor Emilio Estevez

Featured Films


Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.

   More Information

Long Day's Journey Into Night

   More Information

2019 Film Festival