Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

  • 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
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English


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)
Official Press Release - November 10, 2016

Dogwoof Global (International Distributor)
Official Site

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

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

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