The two-day Citizen Jane Film Festival shows a program of films about how ordinary citizens can shape the future of the towns they live in. It runs Oct. 12 and 15 at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.
On Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. the festival will begin with a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," a feature-length doc about Jane Jacobs, who fought to save New York City's historic structures. A discussion follows with David Flint, author of "Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and transformed the American City."
On Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. "Survival of a Small City," a film about urban redevelopment in Norwalk, is shown with the shorts "The Last Dance on the Main," set in Montreal; "The Park That Kids Built," set in Los Angeles"; Amanda Burden's TED Talk "How Public Spaces Make Cities Work"; "Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism," about making traffic safer; "Snowy Neckdowns Redux: Winter Traffic Calming," about how snow makes urban research easier; and "How to Revive Neighborhood with Imagination, Beauty and Art," a TED Talk by Theaster Gates of Chicago.
The festival is presented by The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District and Connecticut Main Street Center.
Admission is $30 on Thursday and $10 on Sunday, $10 for students both days. Tickets: eventbrite.com