In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ 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 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.
Festivals And Awards
Matt Tyrnauer is a documentary producer and director. His credits include Miami Film Festival 2009 Opening Night selection Valentino: The Last Emperor (08), Citizen Jane: Battle Cry for the City (16) and the short documentary “Jean Nouvel: Reflections” (16).
IDFA 2016. TIFF, Toronto 2017. DOC NYC 2017. One World HRFF, Prague 2017. Miami FF 2017.