I attended tonight’s screening of The Public followed by a Q+A with Emilio Estevez. Some fun facts:
- The idea for the film came to Emilio after he read Chip Ward’s Los Angeles Times piece.
- The movie features some wild reference questions, all of which was sourced from real librarians.
- Emilio made an effort to cast homeless individuals in the film.
- One of the original locations for the film was supposed to be a Los Angeles area library, but the library turned them down because they’d had issues with people filming there in the past. The culprit? The West Wing! (“I called my dad and yelled at him”)