The Public

Drama | 14A | 122 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Wed, Aug 7, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Wed, Aug 7, 2019 7:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, Aug 8, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, Aug 8, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Screening
Rating:14A - not recommended for young children, offensive language, nudity
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Emilio Estevez
Cast:Alec Baldwin
Emilio Estevez
Jena Malone
Taylor Schilling
Christian Slater
Gabrielle Union
Jeffrey Wright
Michael K Williams
Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Jacob Vargas
Produced By:Emilio Estevez
Alex Lebovici Alex Lebovici Alex Lebovici Alex Lebovici
Lisa Niedenthal
Steve Ponce
Screenwriter:Emilio Estevez
Music By:Tyler Bates
Joanne Higginbottom


"The gentle humour and simple humanity of Estevez's script helps the audience digest the messages within "The Public," to engender sympathy for our nation's homeless and sing the praises of libraries." – Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"It's smart work and edifying, with Estevez finding an original topic to explore with compassion and engrossing drama." - Brian Orndorf,

"Estevez does an elegant job with this setup, creating a low-key, uncondescending portrait of lives on the edge." - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a standoff 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.

Awards: 4 Wins, 1 Nomination

Nominated, Local Heroes Competition, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2019

Join us for a post-screening Q&A in the theatre, with members of the Barrie Public Library after the 7PM screenings!

Tickets are available here online, or at the Uptown Theatre during regular evening box office hours.

This program is sponsored by Busch Systems, Netgain, The Peggy Hill Team - Re/Max Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty,, Restorations by Rodgers/Renovations by Rodgers, Stewart Esten LLP, Storage Mart, Venable Park Investment Council Inc., ZuZu Fashion Boutique