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Galifianakis’ ‘Craigslist Joe’ Documentary

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/30/2012

craigslistTrailer for ‘Craiglist Joe,’ documentary produced by Zach Galifianakis, opens in select theatres August 2nd.

Craigslist Joe’ is a powerful documentary that follows the story of 29-year old Joseph Garner as he decides to live entirely off of Craigslist for 31 days and nights. Zach Galifianakis (Hangover, Due Date) is the executive producer of the film that premieres in select theatres on August 2nd.

In the aftermath of the economic crisis, many argued that we became a very self-involved society, failing to look out for one another. There was a lot of finger pointing and blaming going on, and less attention was put on helping one another out. Many also blame social media and technology for the decrease of face to face social interactions within communities.

One December Joseph Garner decided to explore the United States with only a laptop, cellphone, toothbrush and the clothes on his back. Everything that Joseph needed came from Craigslist for those 31 days. He relied on it for jobs, money, companionship, and transportation.

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In the trailer for “Craigslist Joe” just released this week, Joseph Garner states that the first thing he wans to find out is whether or not he will be able to eat and find shelter. At the beginning Joseph has difficulty finding food, but over time he finds people to help him out. He starts to find “sort of” reliable transportation and small side gigs.

What is most impactful about Joseph Garner’s journey in “Craigslist Joe” is the incredible insight that he receives throughout the story. Garner realizes that there are a lot of people out there that want to help others. He also gains insight on the reconstruction efforts in New Orleans and the effects of America’s presence in Iraq.craigslist

Psychological Take on “Craigslist Joe”: Joseph Garner’s 31 Day Journey resembles Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. His first goal, or the base of the hierarchy, is to meet his physiological needs (food, clothing, shelter). Only after he is able to have those basic needs met, can he start worrying about the higher level needs such as companionship, friendship, and love. Perhaps after he finishes his 31 day journey he will end up at the highest point on the hierarchy, self-actualization.


‘Craigslist Joe’ – A Documentary by Zach Galifianakis:



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