DVD: The World Before Your Feet

STUDIO: Kino Lorber | DIRECTOR: Jeremy Workman
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2019 | PRICE: DVD $19.99
SPECS: PG-13 | 95 min. | Documentary | 1.78:1 widescreen | Stereo 5.1

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

The invigorating documentary The World Before Your Feet chronicles the incredible feat (or feet) of Matt Green, a young fellow who walked every block of New York City over a period of more-than-a-few years.

Being virtually homeless and taking sleep sessions as an overnight cat sitter or interloper at homes of friends—or virtually anyone—who would have him, The World Before Your Feet is a study in Green’s grit, determination and chutzpah during his incredible seven-year journey

Directed, produced, shot and edited by Jeremy Workman, son of documentarian Chuck Workman of Oscar film clip compilation fame, the doc miraculously expands as Green’s indefatigable trek continues. At first, the movie appears to have the simple goal of following his initially outrageous stunt. But as Green and the film move on, social, racial and economic issues present themselves as Green interacts with people he meets on the streets, many of them well-wishers with stories to tell. So, the movie not only serves as a celebration of the walk, but of New York City itself and its diverse communities and people.

Green, a former engineer, also limits himself to an allowance of $15 a day for food and transportation, has a few funny interactions and quirky observations during the film, picking out “church-a-gogues” (churches that were once synagogues) and barbershops that use the letter “Z” in their names a la “Best Kutz.” There are also stops at the Brooklyn Bridge, Hamilton’s Grave and the 9/11 Memorial.

The World Before Your Feet is a captivating real-life look at a seemingly impossible excursion undertaken not only by Green, but by filmmaker Braverman, who followed him throughout all on his own over the epic journey.

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About Irv

Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.