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New York Walker Extraordinaire to Lead a Walk in Sun Valley
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Matt Green walks in Hudson Yards, Manhattan. Courtesy: Greenwish Entertainment
   
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City. And for the past six years Matt Green has been walking all of them, including those that work their ways through cemeteries, parks and along beaches.

His walks have taken him from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square. And he’s amassed a detailed knowledge of New York’s history and people along the way.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will show the film, “The World Before your Feet,” which depicts Green’s journey, at :30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. The film is being shown as part of The Center’s new BIG IDEA project “The Bottomlessness of a Pond: Transcendentalism, Nature and Spirit.” The film was produced by Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg.

“Matt’s approach to walking all the streets in New York is, in some way, the ultimate transcendental experience of finding the divine in nature and humanity,” said Kristine Bretall, The Center’s director of performing arts. “His curiosity and genuine interactions with the city and its people are an inspiration to slow down, open our eyes and keep walking.”

Green gave up his engineering job, apartment and most of his possessions to embark on his walk. He’s sustained his New York on $15 a Day endeavor through couch surfing and cat sitting. He’s nearly finished with his walk.

His walk is about the journey, not the destination, said Bretall. He’s been keeping a blog of his walk, and it logs what captures his attention from the number of figs he’s seen on trees to the number of 9/11 memorials he’s seen (259 and counting).

Green will be is in town for Thursday’s screenings. He will visit with students in local schools and lead a winter walk that’s open to the public, thanks to the generosity of Ketchum donors Robin Leavitt and Terry Friedlander. The winter walk will be of the snowshoe variety—a walk through the woods. Those who are interested should meet at The Center at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Tickets for the film are $10 for Center members and $12 for nonmembers, available at www.sunvalleycenter.org, by calling 208-726-9491 or by visiting The Center’s box office at 191 Fifth Street in Ketchum.

Check out Matt Green’s website at www.imjustwalkin.com.


 

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