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Free Film Showing to Help the Homeless 

Scene from the movie "The Public". Courtesy photo

A film both uplifting and inspiring, “The Public” takes a compassionate look at homelessness while also celebrating public libraries’ essential role in America. The film will be shown at twice Miami library for FREE on Nov. 2.

The story unfolds at a public library in Cincinnati as the city braces for a cold snap. Emilio Estevez plays Stuart Goodson, a librarian who encounters homeless every day. During the potentially fatal winter weather, one of them informs Stuart that the city’s shelters are full. So, he and a large group of other men simply won’t leave the library.

Estevez wrote, directed and stars in the film. Parents should be aware the film does have mature content including occasional profanity and brief nudity, as well as some violent dialogue.
This creative event brings a singular film to our area while also collecting items to be distributed during the coming cold months by volunteers with the Homeless Coalition of Cobre Valley.

“The Public” will be shown twice, at 1:30 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Miami Memorial Library, 282 S. Adonis Ave.

There’s no fee for the two matinee showings. Instead, viewers are asked to donate new socks or underwear to be distributed to homeless men and women of the Globe-Miami area. Also needed are can openers, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, small tents or a tarp or ground-cloth homeless can use to keep their sleeping bags dry.

Even if you don’t plan to see the film, please bring donations of these items to the Miami Library prior to this special Saturday matinee or call Library Manager Sue Pontel at 928-473-2621.

To volunteer with the Homeless Coalition of Cobre Valley or donate items, call Barbara Kannegard at 928-701-1339.

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