Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Thursday, September 21, 7 pm
“The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion.” —Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs. In her epochal book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, author and activist Jane Jacobs helped change the way we look at urban living. Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged constituents fight the power for the sake of a better world. The documentary focuses on Jacobs’ most dramatic battle of the 1960s when she went up against the ruthless New York power broker Robert Moses. Moses had plans to divide and destroy the historic neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho and Little Italy with expressways.
Director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown. Exciting and inspirational, Citizen Jane provides a timely and much-needed examination in how the collective power of the people can topple the self-serving plans of the elite. 2016, U.S., DCP, 92 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Followed by a post-screening discussion with Jeffrey Johnson, Director, School of Architecture at UK; Gill Holland, Green Building Developer and Film Producer; and Gretchen Milliken, Director of Advanced Planning, City of Louisville.