The “Craigslist Joe” documentary was created to determine if it is possible to live solely on the generosity of others for an entire month. Actor Zach Galifianakis produced the Craigslist focused film, which will be released on August 2. Throughout the documentary Joe Garner must rely only on the Craigslist digital classifieds website for food, a place to sleep, personal hygiene and companionship. Garner was given no money or credit cards to use during the filming of the “Craigslist Joe” documentary and had to survive on either posted freebies or the bartering of his services.
The Galifianakis documentary sought not only to entertain through a quirky subject but to gather a glimpse into the collective American psyche, according to details posted on the documentary’s website. Garner referred to the experience of living for a month on the charity and goodwill of others to “looking for alms in America’s new town square.” Both the producer and Garner wanted to discover if America would “help Joe” during the 31 days he volunteered to live without money or the assistance of friends and family.
Viewers will follow Garner’s path as he encountered a host of unique situations and individuals. The “Craiglist Joe” documentary was filmed in 2009 and evolves around the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq and the economic downturn in America, The Blaze reports. Although the documentary focuses on the ability to survive without money in our modern society, Garner also infuses his own observations about his exchanges with others and muses about the direction nation is headed.