'The Public'

Sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD, call 605-677-7060 or see the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Vermillion, SD – The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is bringing “The Public” to the Coyote Twin Theater. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez and featuring an ensemble cast of stars, this movie will be shown for free for one afternoon only on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.

An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library are 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 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.

Sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD, call 605-677-7060 or see the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org. The Coyote Twin Theater is located at 10 E. Main Street in Vermillion, SD.

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