Craigslist Joe: A Documentary About Living Off of Craigslist

A man named Joe ditches his money and his contacts for 31 days to see if he can live on nothing but the kindness of strangers on Craigslist. 

At some point or another, we have all searched far and wide on Craigslist for the best deal on a new phone, new set of bookshelves, or even a job. Most of us have probably also posted things on Craigslist to sell and/or give away. And we have all heard about the crazy posts that have been put on the website, including information on how to properly use a Port-a-Potty, someone looking for a “beard mentor,” and the always popular “Hey, I saw you in the park/restaurant/café…etc. but was too afraid to say ‘hi’” posts. But none of us have completely and totally relied on Craigslist for our overall well being.

What happens when someone opts to ditch all their worldly possessions, aside from a cell phone (with all contacts deleted), a laptop, a passport, a toothbrush, and the clothes on their back, and spend 31 days relying on the kindness of strangers who have posted on Craigslist?

Twenty-nine year old filmmaker Joseph Garner decided to answer this question in a new documentary called “Craigslist Joe.” The movie, slated for release in August 2012 and produced by Zach Galifianakis, follows the filmmaker for the entire month of December as he travels throughout the United States getting everything he needs to survive, including food, shelter, and jobs, off of Craigslist.

According to the official movie website:

In a time when America’s economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind – to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century’s new town square: Craigslist…For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe would depend on the generosity of people who had never seen him and whose sole connection to him was a giant virtual swap meet.

Here is the official trailer:

Kind of makes me want to play on Craigslist and see all the funny things I can find!

(Via: Laughing Squid)

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