Jeremy Workman

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Jeremy Workman
Jeremy Workman, Illyuzion Theater (Moscow)
New York City
EducationColumbia University
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, editor
Known forLily Topples The World, The World Before Your Feet, Magical Universe

Jeremy Workman is an American filmmaker and editor. His documentary films frequently focus on eccentrics, outsiders, and those with extreme passions. His acclaimed films include Lily Topples The World, The World Before Your Feet, Magical Universe, and Who Is Henry Jaglom? In most of his films, Workman serves as the director, cinematographer, and editor.

Life and career[edit]

Workman's 2021 documentary, Lily Topples The World, about domino toppling artist Lily Hevesh, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival where it was awarded Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.[1] Soon after, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival.[2] Actress Kelly Marie Tran serves as an Executive Producer, which marks her producing debut.[3] In May 2021, it was announced that the documentary was a high-profile acquisition of Discovery+.[4] Celebrated by critics, the film garnered a "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

Workman's 2018 documentary The World Before Your Feet premiered in competition at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival[6] and was acquired by distributor Greenwich Entertainment.[7] The documentary, about Matt Green's mission to walk every street of New York City, was widely hailed upon its release. It was a New York Times Critic's Pick,[8] a Los Angeles Times Critics Choice,[9] and has a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[10] The film also marked the producing debut of actor Jesse Eisenberg.[11]

Workman's 2014 documentary Magical Universe was released theatrically on October 31, 2014, with IFC Films.[12] The film is about reclusive outsider artist Al Carbee who created elaborate dioramas and collages featuring Barbie dolls. The film grew out of Workman's 2002 short film Carbee's Barbies and encompasses the final years of Carbee's life, a time when Workman was Carbee's closest friend and his only link to the outside world.[13] The film won several film festival awards.[14]

Workman's debut film, Who Is Henry Jaglom? (co-directed with Henry Alex Rubin) was presented at numerous film festivals before premiering on PBS's acclaimed documentary series POV.[15] The documentary on filmmaker Henry Jaglom has a 86% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[16]

In addition to being a director, Workman is known for his film editing, primarily as a sought-after editor of movie trailers for indie and documentary films.[17] He has edited over 100 movie trailers and frequently speaks about trailers and movie marketing to filmmakers and film communities throughout the world.[18][19]

Workman was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles. He is the son of filmmaker/editor Chuck Workman and began editing documentary projects under his father's tutelage when he was in his teenage years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University.[20]



  1. ^ "SXSW Film Festival Announces 2021 Jury and Special Awards". 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ G. Allen Johnson, "SFFilm names ‘Naked Singularity,’ ‘Cuban Dancer,’ ‘Lily Topples the World’ top winners during virtual awards ceremony". San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Resurrection of Kelly Marie Tran: On Surviving 'Star Wars' Bullying, the Pressures of Representation, and 'Raya and the Last Dragon'". The Hollywood Reporter. 3 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Discovery+ Acquires 'Lily Topples The World,' "Can't Miss Doc" On Domino Tipping Sensation Lily Hevesh". Deadline. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  5. ^ Lily Topples The World, 27 August 2021, retrieved 2021-09-02
  6. ^ Staff, T. H. R. (2018-03-10). "'The World Before Your Feet': Film Review | SXSW 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  7. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg-Produced Documentary 'The World Before Your Feet' Finds Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)". 25 June 2018.
  8. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (November 21, 2018). "'The World Before Your Feet' Review: Walk a Mile — or 8,000 — in Another Man's Shoes". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (November 20, 2018). "Review: Man walks New York step by step, borough by borough in the uplifting documentary 'The World Before Your Feet'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "The World Before Your Feet". Rotten Tomatoes. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (March 11, 2018). "Jesse Eisenberg on SXSW Doc 'The World Before Your Feet,' Returning to Lex Luthor". Variety. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "IFC Films Magical Universe".
  13. ^ "Jeremy Workman Talks About Finding His 'Magical Universe' In Maine". Tribeca Film.
  14. ^ Gómez, Edward (10 May 2014). "Al Carbee's Art of Dolls and Yearning: "Oh, for a real, live Barbie!"". Hyperallergic.
  15. ^ "Who is Henry Jaglom?". 23 January 1997.
  16. ^ "Who Is Henry Jaglom?". Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. 25 March 2008.
  17. ^ "Jeremy Workman Workshop Instructor".
  18. ^ "How To Cut a Trailer, "Audiencing" as a Verb, and Branded Content: A Report from DOC NYC's Marketing Bootcamp". 21 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Charla Pública: "El Éxito De Una Película Comienza Con Un Buen Tráiler"".
  20. ^ "Take Five with Jeremy Workman". 22 August 2019.

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