The Craigslist Killer
(2011) Plot: The Craigslist Killer follows the dark, mysterious life Philip Markoff conducted online while preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his fiancee. When police discover that a brutal killing and a number of other attacks on women were all connected to advertisements placed on Craigslist, their investigation ultimately leads them to Markoff.
24 Hours on Craigslist
is a 2005 American feature-length documentary that captures the people and stories behind a single day’s posts on the community-focused, classified website Craigslist. The film, made with the approval of Craigslist’s founder Craig Newmark, is woven from interviews with the site’s users, all of whom opted in to be contacted by the production when they submitted their posts on August 4, 2003. The documentary screened in nine film festivals during 2004 and 2005, winning a ‘best feature documentary’, and played in a limited, self-distributed, theatrical release in 2005 and 2006. The film was released on DVD on April 25, 2006. Michael Ferris Gibson, an independent filmmaker, was inspired one night in early 2003 to surf every category of Craigslist’s San Francisco. Three hours later he had the inspiration for 24 Hours on Craigslist. After spending five more hours drafting a treatment, he contacted Craig Newmark about the idea. Two days later Michael met with Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist’s CEO, and Craig Newmark to discuss the film concept: creating a documentary entirely ‘from’ Craigslist; crew, cast, and music would all be sourced from the site. Craig literally picked the chosen day out of a hat from which to generate the user posts that were used in the film. The production filmed the individuals and followed their stories and interactions with other users over the next three months. Several different versions of 24 Hours on Craigslist screened in nine different film festivals around the world. In addition, the film was selected to screen in Toronto, Canada, in April 2005 by HotDocs for its monthly screening series Doc Soup.
Interview with the Craigslist Staff:
Craigslist Joe (2012)
In a time when America's economy was crumbling and sense of community was in question, one guy left everything behind to see if he could survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist.