This special screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion about the challenges we face today moving the city towards a more livable environment and defining our values as a community.
Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.
Opening reception at 6:30, film at 7:00, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Matt Tyrnauer and a panel discussion featuring architect Michael Bohn, AIA, planner Christopher Koontz, AICP, and planner/community advocate Steve Gerhardt, AICP.
Unrated, 1 hrs, 32 mins
“The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion. And, in a way, it does ..” -Washington Post
“Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.”” -Los Angeles Times
“A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York.” –Variety
In 1960, Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.
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