‘The Public’ free screening at the Film Center

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and Island libraries offer a free screening of the newly released feature film, “The Public,” at the Film Center in Vineyard Haven on Sunday, May 5, at 7:30 pm. The film stars Emilio Estevez, who also wrote the screenplay and directed

an ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Jeffrey Wright.

According to a press release, “The Public” depicts an act of civil disobedience that turns into a

standoff with police, when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. This David-versus-Goliath story tackles some of the most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness, and sets the drama inside one of the

last bastions of democracy in action, the public library.

This special free event is made possible by the generous support of the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association, Friends of Island Libraries, and the Film Society.

Admission is free, and the press release suggests bringing nonperishable donations for the Island Food Pantry.

Free tickets are now available on the Film Society website, mvfilmsociety.com.