After almost a year of conversations with producers, the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry and the Charleston Friends of the library have finally landed an early premier date for “The Public,” a film about the challenges faced by libraries, city governments, and social service agencies particularly with regard to the homelessness.
“The Public,” which had its U.S. release last week in selected theaters, features Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, and a host of familiar actors, including Alec Baldwin and Gabrielle Union. The Charleston premier of the movie will take place this Friday, April 12 at 7 pm at the Terrace Theater on James Island.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring area librarians to explore the issues raised in the film, and to discuss the role of governments and non-profits in providing much needed social services. It is food for thought (plus popcorn)!
“The movie has been viewed by librarians at American Library Association meetings and has been met with much acclaim,” said Janet Segal, chair of the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry. “We are excited to premiere this film in Charleston plus offer a unique opportunity to further discuss the movie and the issue with representatives from public library systems of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.”