×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jesse Eisenberg-Produced Documentary ‘The World Before Your Feet’ Finds Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired Jeremy Workman’s documentary “The World Before Your Feet,” and will release the film theatrically later this year, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The World Before Your Feet,” which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, was directed by Workman and executive produced by Jesse Eisenberg. The documentary follows Matt Green, who for six years has walked every block of every street in New York City in a journey of over 8,000 miles.

“Jeremy has found in Matt Green, a kind of contemporary Thoreau, and in the process of documenting Matt’s quest has made one of the most poignant and inspiring city symphonies in documentary history,” said Greenwich co-managing director Edward Arentz.

“Jesse and I are thrilled and honored that Greenwich Entertainment will be releasing ‘The World Before Your Feet’ and helping audiences discover Matt’s unique journey,” said Workman.  “With the passion that Edward and his team have for this film, we know this is the ideal partnership.”

Eisenberg told Variety in an interview at SXSW that he was contacted by Workman to see if he’d back this story. “I’ve shepherded along projects that I’ve acted in and turned down producing roles because they just seem superfluous,” Eisenberg said. “This was a different situation. In my opinion, it just felt like being a public champion for something.”

“I walked with Matt Green. His knowledge about the specifics of New York City is so unbelievable, whether it be why a fire hydrant is this color to why graffiti on this street matches graffiti in Green Point, Brooklyn, because the artist has a cousin and they do a similar tag,” he added. “One of the points Matt makes in the movie is you could live on 16th street and never see what happened on 17th street. It’s because of the concentration.”

The Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz and Lucas Verga, on behalf of the filmmakers, negotiated the deal with Greenwich’s Arentz and Jen Mecum of Dembitzer & Dembitzer.

More Film

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Solstice Studios Boards Thriller 'Unhinged' From 'Disturbia' Writer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Solstice Studios has acquired “Unhinged,” a psychological thriller from “Disturbia” screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and “Warrior” producer Lisa Ellzey. The studio is currently out to directors. The script revolves around an extreme case of “road rage.” It’s the story of a mother whose decision to hit her horn upsets the wrong guy and leads to some [...]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Bill & Ted 3' Sets 2020 Summer Release Date

    Excellent! “Bill & Ted 3” has a release date. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will return to the big screen in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” on Aug. 21, 2020. The duo made the announcement in a short video shot at the Hollywood Bowl, where they’ll “never play.” Production began on Wednesday. Reeves will [...]

  • Elizabeth Debicki

    Elizabeth Debicki Joins Christopher Nolan's Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)

    Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson are on board to co-star with John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s next movie, Variety has learned. Nolan recently finished the script for the currently untitled film and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020 — a slot the studio often reserves for the director, most recently with “Dunkirk.” [...]

  • Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by

    Why 'Missing Link's' Title Character Was One of Laika's Biggest Challenges

    Stop-motion studio Laika pushes design boundaries in every film it makes, and the lead character in “Missing Link” is no exception. “It became pretty apparent that [the character] Link was going to be the cornerstone,” says director and writer Chris Butler. “I did this rough drawing many years ago, and it was basically like a [...]

  • null

    In Its Ninth Year, Arte Careyes Film Festival Promotes Rising Latin American Talent

    Careyes, Mexico, a strip of bohemian, palm tree-laden paradise perched along a remote strip of the Pacific coast, is the sort of place creative types dream about, with balmy ocean breezes, bright blue skies and a network of surrounding villages lined with cobblestone walkways and the sound of tropical birds chirping overhead. Arte Careyes, a [...]

  • Regina KingNational Board of Review Awards

    National Board of Review Awards Sets 2020 Date

    The National Board of Review’s 2020 film awards gala will take place on Jan. 8, 2020. NBR also announced that MSNBC’s Willie Geist will return as host for his sixth consecutive year. The gala will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Started in 1909, the New York-based National Board of Review hands [...]

  • Jeff Wadlow'Truth or Dare' film premiere,

    'Danger Girl' Movie Draws 'Truth or Dare' Director Jeff Wadlow

    “Truth or Dare” director Jeff Wadlow has come on board to helm “Danger Girl,” an action-adventure for Constantin Film. Wadlow, who is in production on Sony’s “Fantasy Island” movie, will also perform rewrites on the script. Umair Aleem wrote the initial drafts, based on the female-team comic book series “Danger Girl,” created by J. Scott [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content