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The World Before Your Feet

This screening took place on
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

An ode to wandering and curiosity.

There are more than 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, cemetery and hiking trail. A journey that stretches from the heart of Harlem to the marshes of Staten Island, Matt’s walk is a pursuit of anything that catches his eye, be it a national landmark or a humble manhole cover. Over time Matt 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 Matt as he walks towards completing his goal through neighbourhoods rarely seen onscreen, chronicling the unusual daily routine of an exceptionally curious young man. Forgoing his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, Matt sustains his endeavour 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.

This wonderful documentary is 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.

“Uplifting. Enlightening. Life-Affirming… Filmmaker Workman allows the city and its colorful denizens to take center stage” – Los Angeles Times

  • Directed by Jeremy Workman
  • 2018, USA
  • 95 minutes

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