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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.






IFC Films/Sundance Selects
(USA Distributor)
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Dogwoof Global
(International Distributor)
Official Site

Films We Like
(Canadian Distributor)
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A Robert Hammond/Matt Tyrnauer Production

In Association with Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation / JustFilms and Huntsman Productions

Produced by Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser, Jessica Van Garsse

Executive Producers Juliet Page, Pierre LaGrange, Bernard LeGrange

Co-Editors/Co-Producers Daniel Morfesis and Andrea Lewis

Director of Photography Chris Dapkins

Original Music by Jane Antonia Cornish

Produced and Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Release: April 21, 2017

Duration: 1 Hour 32 Minutes



New documentary delves into the history and legacy of Jane Jacobs"
The Architects Newspaper - November 15, 2016

Review (Owen Gleiberman)
Variety Article - November 11, 2016

Review (Belle McIntyre)
Musée Article - November 11, 2016

IFC Films/Sundance Selects (USA Distributor)
Official Press Release - November 10, 2016

"DOC NYC Opener 'Citizen Jane' Acquired By Sundance Selects"
Deadline Article - November 10, 2016

"Marisa Tomei Channels Urban Planning Legend Jane Jacobs in 'Citizen Jane'"
The Wrap - September 10, 2016

Review (Brent Lang)
Variety Article - September 8, 2016

Poster Reveal and TIFF Premiere News
IndieWire Article - August 25, 2016


Review (Dante A. Ciampaglia)
Architectural Record - April 14, 2017

"'Stop being victims. I think it's wicked, in a way, to be a victim': Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary is 'Citizen Jane'"
Salon - April 7, 2017

"'Citizen Jane' documentary profiles urban activist"
The Spirit - April 6, 2017

"Jane Jacobs documentary filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer talks cities and activism"
Curbed - April 5, 2017

"Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Is a Timely, Inspiring Documentary You Can't Miss"
Parade Magazine - March 28, 2017

"Celebrating New York's Pioneer of Preservation"
T Magazine - March 21, 2017

"Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses star in 'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City' documentary, coming to U.S. theaters in April"
Archinect News - March 20, 2017

"The Untold Story of Citizen Jane Jacobs, Who Got Herself Arrested to Save New York"
W Magazine Article - November 18, 2016