Living Off Craigslist with Craigslist Joe

For many of us, Craigslist is a valuable part of our lives: we use it to buy and sell, hunt for apartments and even look for jobs. But could you turn to Craigslist for your very survival?

That's just what Joseph Garner did. With no money, no contact with family or friends and only the clothes on his back, he spent one month relying on connections made through Craigslist for food, shelter and travel. And he recorded it all (naturally with a camera operator found on Craigslist). The resulting film, Craigslist Joe, documents his trip across the country and into the lives of dozens of kind (and sometimes wacky) people he met along the way.

You'll be amazed at all Joe accomplishes during his journey, physically and emotionally. There are definitely tough times and some seriously bizarre (yet hilarious) encounters, but he proves that people, even in tough financial times, are truly happy to help someone in need. It's a testament to the idea that technology, if we let it, can foster connections and create community. Media is a powerful tool, but the inherent value of social media is the "social," and, when given the opportunity, caring and generous people will always take care of each other.

For screenings, click here. No screenings in you area? Get it on iTunes starting August 2.

(Image: Cragislist Joe, lithograph series by Conception Studios, LLC, Video: YouTube, Craigslist Joe)