Subject: Citizen Jane Film Festival

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County joins with Bridgeport DSSD, and Connecticut Main Street Center in presenting The Citizen Jane Film Festival, a two-day event, featuring eight inspiring films and thoughtful conversation about how ordinary citizens can shape the future of our towns. The Festival will take place Thurs. Oct. 12 and Sat. Oct. 15 at the Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is a two-day film festival on the arts, urban regeneration and community preservation.

Thurs. Oct. 12, 2pm
 A presentation of Citizen Jane, the new documentary on Jane Jacobs.
• A discussion with David Flint, author of Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and transformed the American City
• A reception (one drink ticket included in admission)
• Guided walking tours.

Sun. Oct. 15, 2pm
• Survival of a Small City, a classic 58-min film about urban redevelopment in Norwalk, a program of short films, and a reprise showing of Citizen Jane.

Short films:

The Last Dance on the Main. Aristofanis Soulikias (2014) 4 mins
An animated documentary on the demolition of a row of historic buildings on Montreal’s St Laurent boulevard, also known as “The Main”, by politicians and building developers, and the resistance put up by the burlesque artists and the local community.

The Park That Kids Built Linda Jassim (1981) 19 mins.
Follows a group of children who, in their efforts to get a neighborhood park, learn how to work with each other and within their community. The children circulate petitions, lobby, and, with the help of some business people, succeed in raising enough money to purchase some vacant lots and turn them into a park.

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work. Amanda Burden TED Talk (2014) 18 mins. As New York’s chief city planner under the Bloomberg administration, Amanda Burden led revitalization of some of the city's most familiar features -- from the High Line to the Brooklyn waterfront.

Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism Clarence Eckerson Jr. (2017) 8 mins. Tired of waiting for local governments to fix dangerous conditions, everyday citizens in many cities are practicing DIY traffic-calming to make streets safer for walking and biking. Some are forming “Departments of Transformation” to show others how to implement low-cost interventions, like traffic cones, to slow drivers down.

Snowy Neckdowns Redux: Winter Traffic Calming Clarence Eckerson Jr. (2011) 3 mins. In many ways the snow acts like tracing paper on our streets and records road user movements: at each intersection where the snow ends up piled can teach us a lot about where people drive and chose to walk. It's a great experiment that costs no money and anyone can play traffic engineer.

How to Revive Neighborhood with Imagination, Beauty and Art. Theaster Gates TED Talk - (2015) 17 mins. Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city.


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