The World Before Your Feet

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The World Before Your Feet offers a perspective on New York City that might be entrancingly unfamiliar even to residents -- and beckons viewers toward a more attentive way of life.

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There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all - every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. It's a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York's history and people along the way. Something of a modern-day Thoreau, Matt gave up his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, sustaining 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 (R) nominee Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feet is a tribute to an endlessly fascinating city and the freedom to be found, wherever you live, in simply taking a walk.

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  • Green isn't much good at self-promotion. He's enthusiastic, thoughtful and sincere about every step he takes, and his attitude spreads to documentarian Jeremy Workman and, by extension, to us.

    September 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Delightful and invigorating ... the kind of documentary that makes you want to lace up those sneakers and discover all the majesty just around the corner.

    April 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • He's such good company, on screen or foot, you have to believe him.

    March 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If The World Before Your Feet never gets to the psychological breakthrough it seems to be chasing, it's a very enjoyable slice of quixotic cinema, tagging along with a cheerful monomaniac...

    February 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Matt Green may be a bit nuts, but it's a wonderful nuttiness.

    February 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Green's openness to learning about himself and others by going out to notice and appreciate what most overlook-a crumbled landmark, an unexpected garden-is edifying.

    January 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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