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1000 Journals (2007)

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In the summer of 2000, a graphic designer from San Francisco, California, who calls himself Someguy, launched 1000 blank journals into the world. One came back. Where are the other 999?

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1000 Journals is a film about people whose lives are touched by 1000 traveling journals. These blank journals were released into the world in the summer of 2000, by Someguy, a San Francisco based artist. Some people found a journal, or got it from a friend or stranger. Some signed up on the web and received it in the mail. Some wrote in them, others doodled, pasted in photographs, or added artworks. Some kept them. Some passed them on. There are no rules, and no one really monitors these journals and their movements. And yet, they are connecting tens of thousands of people worldwide, provoking and inspiring them. In September 2003, one of the 1000, number 526, returned to Someguy, filled. What happened to the other 999? This film tells their stories. 1000 Journals shares the experience of their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who have added to this global "message in a bottle." Written by Andrea Kreuzhage

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If this doesn't restore your faith, nothing will!
5 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This compelling documentary details the ingenious, yet relatively simple idea of a global message in a bottle. In 2001, a San Francisco man who goes by the name of SomeGuy launched 1,000 empty journals out into the world. The instructions were simple, contribute what you want to the journal, after two weeks try to pass it on to someone else, when the journal is full, the last person sends it back. This created a phenomenon on line and around the world as people who were aware of the journals, scrambled to find one of them to put their art, their hopes, their dreams, their thoughts into it for the world to see. Indeed, this is a global participation art project that turns on our simple desire to communicate and be heard. The film explores what happened to some of the journals, profiles countless people who have contributed to them and where some of them are now. That only a few have found their way back to SomeGuy merely underscores the delightful idea that almost all of them are still out there, somewhere as people put in their two cents. This is a wonderful film that will restore your faith in the global community, the art of communication and the communication of art.


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