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24 Hours on Craigslist (2004)

A movie directed by Michael Ferris Gibson

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An Interesting Documentary

  • May 4, 2008
"24 Hours on Craigslist"

An Interesting Democracy

Amos Lassen

Craigslist is an interesting aspect of our lives. As most of you know Craigslist might just be what is holding urban life together and today many people have a Craigslist story whether it
be selling furniture, renting a apartment, finding a roommate or looking for a quick sexual liaison. But how many of us know who Craig is. The movie shows us that Craig is a giant computer located under the stands at Kezer Stadium, San Francisco.
Michael Gibson, who made this film, used eight camera crews on the morning of August 4, 2003 and filmed people who had posted their needs and desires on Craigslist and then went out and filmed people who responded. Some of the moments are very funny and some are very strange The 50 year old guy who lived with his mom and was searching for a woman who weighed 270 pounds was unbelievable but obviously it was true.
It is impossible to capture the essence of Craigslist on film but this is what we have. Even though we know that the website is not just about aberrant people and those with lewd imaginations, this is what is captured here.

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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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The fact that the outtakes included in24 Hours on Craigslistoccupy an entire disc of their own and last more than twice as long as the main program is an indication that director Michael Ferris Gibson had an embarrassment of riches to choose from when editing this 2004 documentary. Viewers should applaud his restraint in limiting the film to 83 minutes. Were it much longer, chances are that it would become tedious; as it is, it's an entertaining if not exactly riveting piece of work. Craiglist.org, of course, is one of the most popular sites on the web, a cyberspace classifieds with listings in every imaginable category, and after founder Craig Newmark randomly picked a single day in '03, Ferris and his crew spent that day roaming around San Francisco (home of Craigslist's main office) and checking out some of the many folks who placed and answered the ads posted there. Needless to say, strangeness abounds. The titles of the listings tell much of the story: "Indian virgin seeks willing woman." "Flogging for flowers" (don't even ask). "Seeking gay sperm donor." "Will marry gay guy for money." Problem is, given the limitations of shooting within one 24-hour period, there's not much Ferris can do other than interview the people involved. Although we do see a few actual activities (the antics of a "flash mob" assembling in a hotel lobby and a city park; some moments from a "staring contest"), what we ...
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DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
Runtime: 82 minutes
Studio: Heretic Films
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