Subject: Tickets for Citizen Jane Film Festival: Thurs. 12 and Sun. 15 Oct

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 Sun. 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.
Recognition of John Simone, former President and CEO of Connecticut Main Street Center
• A discussion between David Kooris and Anthony 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: Painted Stairway and City Lights Gallery; McLevy Square.
On Sunday morning, Oct 15 at 10:45am, join Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport for a free Citizen Jane Bike Tour, exploring the current state of bikeability in downtown Bridgeport. What barriers are there between Downtown and Seaside Park and Beardsley Park? Meet 10:45am McLevy Green for registration. Finish the tour with lunch at Milano Wine Bar and Pizzeria (adjacent to the Bijou Theatre) at 1:20pm, in time for the start of the afternoon program at 2pm. Click for details.
Sun. Oct. 15, 2pm
• Survival of a Small City, a clas
sic 58-min film about urban redevelopment in Norwalk, a program of short films, a moderated discussion led by Gemeem Davis and Dean Mack, 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 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 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 "social sculptor" who just won the 2017 $100,000 Nasher Sculpture Prize), transformed abandoned buildings in his neighborhood on Chicago's South Side and created community hubs that connect and inspire those who live there. In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city.


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