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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

April 15, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image, Redstone Theater

SPECIAL SCREENING BEFORE THEATRICAL RELEASE! Jane Jacobs, author of the highly influential The Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped change the way we look at urban living with her grassroots vision of city planning that was diametrically opposed to that of New York City’s power broker Robert Moses. Citizen Jane, a riveting new documentary directed by Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) and co-produced by High Line co-founder Robert Hammond, focuses on Jacobs’s thrilling struggles with Moses in the 1960s, where the stakes were whether the city’s historic neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho, and Little Italy would stay intact or be split apart by expressways and urban-renewal housing projects. Citizen Jane offers a playbook, courtesy of Jane Jacobs, for organizing communities and speaking the truth to entrenched and seemingly insurmountable powers. Selected by Vogue as one of spring’s “most exciting movies.” 

Screening was followed by a discussion with Matt Tyrnauer, director of Citizen Jane

Co-presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and Carnegie Hill Neighbors

This screening was part of People Preserving Place: A Film Festival presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project in celebration of NYC Landmarks50+ Alliance‘s “Preservation Month” in April 2017. 

Museum of the Moving Image, Redstone Theater
36-01 35th Avenue
Queens, NY 11106
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Above: Jane Jacobs, chair of the Committee to Save the West Village, holds up documentary evidence at a press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts.; Courtesy of Phil Stanziola, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress