Film tackles homelessness

BAR HARBOR — A film based on a true story of homeless people seeking shelter at a public library will be screened May 21-23 at Reel Pizza. The screenings, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. both days, are presented in concert with the Jesup Memorial Library and the YWCA Mount Desert Island.

A representative from the library introduce the film at each screening.

The organizations will also host a discussion about homelessness on MDI Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m. at the Jesup.

“The film tells the story of a group of homeless people in Cincinnati who stage a sit-in at the library to seek shelter from a bitter cold snap,” organizers said. “What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a standoff with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what is really happening. The film looks at challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy: a public library.”

Emilio Estevez directed the movie and stars in it along with actors Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union and Michael Kenneth Williams. The film is based on an actual event that happened in Salt Lake City.

Several organizations are sponsoring a toiletries drive May 20-21. Toiletries, including travel-size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more, can be donated at the library, Reel Pizza, Birch Bay Retirement Village and at the YWCA MDI.

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