Film and book festivals partner for special movie screening

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two locally-based festivals are working together to bring a famous actor, writer, director and producer to Charlottesville.

The Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book will bring Emilio Estevez to Charlottesville for a screening of his film “The Public” on March 22 at the Paramount Theater.

This will be part of the Festival of the Book, which is taking place in locations around the city between March 20 and 24.

“We are very excited about partnering with the Virginia Festival of the Book to bring Emilio Estevez and this film to Charlottesville,” said Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa. “This is a great opportunity for both of our organizations to come together around a film with an important message that resonates here in our own community, as well as communities across the country.”

The movie is about a group of homeless library patrons in Cincinnati who want to avoid being outside during an Arctic blast by staging a sit in at the library. The act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police.

The story explores issues of homelessness and mental illness.

Following the screening, Estevez will participate in a conversation with Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Director David Plunkett and local advocates, moderated by The Washington Post's chief film critic, Ann Hornaday.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. They will go on sale this Friday.

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