Honestly? I'm surprised this style of documentary has taken a while to rear it's head. I guess 2010's Catfish (though arguably fake as heck yet entertaining) was the start of the evolution of the genre into more social media as it becomes a bare essential part of most peoples lives. While Catfish was about the secrets people hide behind the screen, this is a documentary that captures the aspect of characters that truly lie behind the screens, and the kind of personalities that remind us all of people we might or might not know.
The idea behind this film is a social experiment which involves the now prevalent Craigslist. 29 year old Joseph Garner cuts himself off from everyone he knows and everything he owns to embark on a bold adventure with only the bare essentials: A laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back. Can Joseph survive on plain old goodwill? As the trailer says (and as anyone who has sold items through Craigslist or similar sites) the characters of the real world are ones that Hollywood couldn't begin to imagine. I was interested in the film before but once I found out that Zach Galifianakis was the executive producer I knew the film might just be a winner, and really capture the heart of a land I one day hope to discover.
Craiglist Joe is in theaters August 3rd, 2012.