Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary that will open the DOC NYC festival tonight. A 2017 release is being eyed for the docu, which had its world premiere at Toronto this year.
Citizen Jane chronicles the life and work of author-activist Jane Jacobs, author of The Death And Life Of Great American Cities, and how she changed the way we look at cities and urban living. It details her most dramatic battles for the city in the 1960s, when she went up against New York power broker Robert Moses. At stake was whether the city’s historic neighborhoods, including Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and TriBeCa, would stay intact or be torn apart by expressways and urban-renewal projects. The docu offers a lesson in the power of the people to become active in their own cities.
The pic was produced by Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser, Jessica Van Garsse and Tyrnauer, who also helmed 2008’s Valentino: The Last Emperor. Pierre Lagrange, Bernard Lagrange, and Juliet Page exec produced.
The deal was negotiated by Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.