If you had no money and no personal contacts, could you survive 31 days on nothing but the goodwill of people on Craigslist? That’s the premise for director Joseph Garner’s upcoming documentary, Craigslist Joe. From executive producer Zach Galifianakis, Craigslist Joe follows Garner as he attempts to survive for a month with little more than a backpack, the clothes on his back and personal identification. He relies on Craigslist for food, shelter, wages and transportation. Garner wasn’t simply in search of an adventure, but rather to discover if a sense of community still existed in this modern era of social media where everyone is connected but communication has lost its intimacy. The characters he finds along the way are truly stranger than fiction. Craigslist Joe opens on August 2nd. Hit the jump for the synopsis, poster and trailer.
Here’s the synopsis for Craigslist Joe followed by the trailer and poster (via IMPA):
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. It was in this climate that 29-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold adventure. Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back–alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted–Joseph began his journey. 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. Would America help Joe? Could he survive with nothing, apart from the goodwill of others?