Runtime: 92 minutes
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
*Opening Night Fundraiser Screening: the Friday May 12 @ 7pm screening of Citizen Jane will be a fundraiser for the Kingston Community House at 99 York Street. All tickets will cost $10, with $5 from each ticket going to 99 York Street. Tickets will go on sale 40 minutes before showtime.
Rated 93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: 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.
Jane Jacobs-Inspired Kingston Walking Tours: Five Jane’s Walks (free & open to all) will take place in Kingston May 5 to 7, 2017! More details.
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
Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function – it’s just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity. -NPR