The talkie “ Craigslist la” fulfills its unique premise — a youthful filmmaker will spend a month traveling the U.S. surviving solely on the connections he makes using über-popular “ online flea request ” Craigslist — without furnishing important in the way of stakes, obstacles, pressure or, honestly, lesser meaning.
In December 2008, fortified with only a smartphone, laptop, toothbrush, the clothes on his reverse and, oh, yes, a cameraman( whom he met on craigslist la, natch), director- star Joseph Garner traveled from his L.A. home, across the country and back, securing free transport, food, sanctum and fellowship via the apparent kindness of nonnatives who colonize the cult of Craigslist. One prodigies, still, how important of this quickie bonhomie toward Garner came from these miscellaneous folks ’ desire to be in a movie.
Unfortunately, for as important as we may learn about the swath of do- gooders, denizens, artists and activists Garner encounters as he free- lifts to similar metropolises as Portland, Chicago, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco( where he meets Craigslist author Craig Newmark), little is revealed about Garner himself.
The film also sidesteps Craigslist’s character as an occasional gate for Internet bloodsuckers. It’s an issue that had to have caused at least passing concern for the nonnatives-dependent Garner — not to mention for his putatively devoted parents.