The World Before Your Feet
Directed by Jeremy Workman
“Lovely . . . The film has inspired me to get outside and look around, and I’m sure it will do the same for you.”—Rick Allen, RogerEbert.com
While many may feel that they know their neighborhoods well, few of us have experienced the joy of breaking our routines to explore new ways of viewing our environment.
There are 8,000 miles of sidewalks, paths, and roads in New York City, and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all–every street, every block, every pedestrian overpass, park lane, and hiking trail. A journey that stretches from the heart of Harlem to the marshes of Staten Island, Green’s walk is a pursuit of anything that catches his eye, be it a national landmark or a humble manhole cover. Over time Green has amassed an encyclopedia of surprising New York trivia and underground history, informed by his own research and conversations with the amused but supportive New Yorkers he encounters along the way.
Director Jeremy Workman accompanies Green as he walks towards completing his goal through neighborhoods rarely seen onscreen, chronicling the unusual daily passion project of an exceptionally curious young man. Forgoing his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, Green sustains his endeavor through couch-surfing, cat-sitting and a $15 per day budget. He’s not sure exactly why he’s doing it, only knowing that there’s no other way he’d rather spend his days.
Executive produced by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feetis an authentic tribute to New York and the freedom to be found in the simple act of putting on one’s shoes and taking a walk outside. 2018, U.S., DCP, 95 minutes. Recommended for 13+.