There wasn't much hockey talk or quacking at Emilio Estevez's appearance in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon. Instead, the 56-year-old actor and director was here to talk about homelessness.
Estevez held a free screening of his new movie "The Public" at the Minneapolis Central Library Sunday afternoon. The film addresses homelessness through the lens of public libraries. It's about a group of Cincinnati librarians who have their "winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night."
Estevez wrote, directed and stars in it, alongside Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater, Jena Malone and Michael K. Williams.
During Sunday's event, which featured a Q&A, Estevez explained he wanted "to tell the story about how the simple act of trying to stay alive gets criminalized," according to attendee Mary Cathryn Ricker.
KARE 11 says more than 200 people showed up.
Estevez has been screening the film across the country for individuals experiencing homelessness, he told FOX 9's Iris Pérez.
"This movie celebrates the outcasts, the misfits, the unsung. And it celebrates librarians, because they provide an extraordinary service," he continued.
He also spoke about how he wanted people who have experienced homelessness to be involved in the film, according to Hennepin County Library.
On any given night more than 10,000 Minnesotans are homeless, according to Heading Home Minnesota, a public-private partnership that aims to end homelessness.
Researchers have found that of all age groups, children and youth aged 24 and younger are the most likely to be homeless in Minnesota.
The Minneapolis Central Library added a full-time social worker to its staff in 2017 to better help the homeless, the Star Tribune reported. The St. Paul Public Library added a social worker last year to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
"The Public" releases April 5.