If you take a snapshot of America today what would it look like? We are a wealthy, diverse and technologically sophisticated country—yet some say we’ve lost the sense of community that used to carry us through tough times. Today it’s every person for themselves. Some say technology and social media fuel this isolation. Have we become so caught up in our own lives that we don’t notice life outside of our bubble? Are we less willing to see each other as neighbors?
Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold experiment. 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—Joe lived for a month looking for alms in America’s new town square: Craigslist. 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?
Find out more at http://www.craigslistjoe.com
The screening will include a panel discussion with the filmmakers, and will be followed by a reception at Wood & Vine, 6280 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Located at Hollywood’s historic intersection, Wood & Vine offers classic cocktails, small-batch, California wines and beers, and seasonal shared plates created from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to the main bar and mezzanine dining area, the space features an outdoor patio complete with fire pit. In keeping with their community focus, Wood & Vine has an ongoing partnership with the Los Angeles Youth Network, a local non-profit organization that provides outreach, shelter, and educational support for abused and homeless adolescents.