Citizen Jane: Battle for the City@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Opening-Fri.,April 21st,2017
FWL is pleased to partner with Jane’s Walk for a special opening night event. Prior to the screening will be an exclusive Jane’s Walk, exploring the Two Kings, how it emerged, and the history of the area between Spadina and Portland (http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/king-spadina-work-progress/). Led by former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall and urban designer Ken Greenberg, the walk will start at Jane’s Chairs at Memorial Square Park and finish at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in time for the 7pm theatrical premiere of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. Following the film, there will be a Town Hall discussion with special guests including Amanda Lewis (Charlie’s FreeWheels); Hibaq Gelle (Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities) and a speaker from Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT).
Regular TIFF Bell Lightbox ticket prices apply to the screening and discussion. Proceeds for the evening will be donated by Films We Like to Jane’s Walk.
Film info and full event details are below. Our press release, press kit and panelist bios are attached.
I have a screening link of the film available for review and the director Matt Tyrnauer (The Last Emperor) is available for interviews.
Jane’s Walk Project Director Alia Scanlon is also available to talk about this event and the Jane’s Walk organization as is Jane’s Walk Board Chair Zahra Ebrahim.
The film’s release is also a lead-in to the Jane’s Walk annual global festival, which runs May 5, 6, 7 this year.
With Toronto undergoing significant change in terms of housing and re-development Jane Jacobs’ (urban activist, writer and author of the 1961 paradigm shifting book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities) wise words during another period of great change in her adopted home of Toronto are even more relevant. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City tells the David and Goliath story of how her citizen activism mobilized her hometown of NYC to avert redevelopment that would have resulted in a most unlivable city, the antithesis of everything Jane believed in. Lessons that are still relevant for today.
Arrested in 1968 in NYC during her fight to stop the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Jacobs and her family moved to Toronto where she soon led the opposition to the Spadina Expressway and became a leader in the city’s movement for livable neighbourhoods and citizen participation in its urban planning.
About Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk is an international movement founded in Toronto offering free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours. Anyone can lead a walk — because everyone is an expert on the place where they live! Here is our coverage back in September 2016 during TIFF.