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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The World Before Your Feet

2018, Jeremy Workman, USA, 95 min.
With Matt Green

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 1st 3:45pm
  • Fri, Feb 1st 7:45pm
  • Sat, Feb 2nd 5:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 3rd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 4th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 6th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 7th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Matt Green in person!

"Enlightening, life-affirming…this genial Anthony Bourdain of pedestrians makes for a fervent tour guide."--Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

"An extraordinary micro-historian of the city…After watching THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET, it's difficult to look at the city in the same way."--Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

For Matt Green, the journey is all. A civil engineer who kicked over the cubicle life to become "independently homeless," this modern-day Thoreau has devoted his life to walking the entirety of New York City, from the heart of Wall Street to the desolate fringes of Staten Island. His six-years-and-counting quest (see https://imjustwalkin.com) is less a physical feat than an exploratory one--engaging strangers in conversation and taking note of things that more destination-bent pedestrians would probably overlook: barber-shop signs, edible plants, tombstone inscriptions, 9/11 murals, "churchagogues" (i.e., synagogues converted into churches), unmarked historical sites, and much more. Gracefully and insightfully filmed by Jeremy Workman (WHO IS HENRY JAGLOM?), Green's seemingly random journey builds into a remarkably illuminating core-sample of the city, and a blissful testament to the rewards of engaging the world around you one step at a time, with open eyes and an open mind. DCP digital. (MR)

Film subject Matt Green is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Friday (7:45 pm only) and Saturday.

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