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Southern California filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage chose to follow this quest and deeply immersed herself in the human drama of it. She joined Someguy to document the bizarre and always interesting story of what happened to these journals and this unique experiment, and the process took her around the world. She found herself on a wild treasure hunt which included many wonderful and fascinating people, and a singular look at a whole new world of art, serendipity and possibility. In fact, she discovered a microcosm of human nature, personalities and experiences that left me breathless with the sheer brilliance of it. This film is not to be missed!
In some strange way the journals became therapeutic experiences for some of those who found them, and acted like a mirror for others. It opened up many people's worlds and changed many lives as some pondered why this experience touched them. For others it motivated them to face some parts of themselves that they had never dealt with before, or even realized existed.
This film, which is masterful in both concept and execution, expresses the enormous range of creativity of the artist, the filmmaker and the people who contributed to the experiment, and the drive to creatively collaborate. It's an exciting exploration of a variety of emotions, from joy to rage and everything in between. Perhaps most important, it's about the juiciness of surprise and the belief in hope and the goodness of people. Like most truly great works, it has a deeply satisfying and uplifting way of pointing out universal themes and puts a focus on our humanity and our instinct for contribution and sharing. This is a unique and deeply moving film that has stayed in my awareness since I saw it. It will be equally interesting to people whose world is related to art in their every day lives, and to those who have little opportunity for creative expression.
-Karil Daniels --Rotten Tomatoes
Even in the wired world - the world of pure information and the disembodied networks along which that information travels - there are those of us who yearn for things tangible, things that carry expressions from one person to another through their pure, solid actuality. Undoubtedly this yearning is what made the idea for the 1000 Journals Project so irresistible to Someguy - a San Francisco based artist - in 2000. Over a two-year period, Someguy released into the world 1,000 journals with this declaration: 'This is an experiment and you are part of it' and instructions to contribute, pass it on and return it when it was filled. Some journals he left on park benches, others were specifically requested through the project's website, and all of them, he hoped, would find their way back home. As of the beginning of Kreuzhage's film, a strikingly seamless doc for a first-time filmmaker, only one journal was back in Someguy's hands. But, as the film proves by tracking down dozens of people who once had a journal (or still have a journal), the project was an astonishing success - not just as a venue for stories, expressed in words, painting, collage, but also as a catalyst for new stories and as a fascinating social document. - Eric Larson --Conscious Choice Magazine
Inspired by the random acts of art and personal confession found in public bathroom stalls, a San Francisco-based graphic artist known as Someguy sent 1000 blank journals out into the world. Stamped on the inside of each journal were these instructions: 'This is an experiment and you are a part of it. Add anything you like, then pass it on.' Intrigued by this project, director Andrea Kreuzhage decided to track down these journals, which have made their way to 35 countries, including France, Australia, and Iceland. As interviewees describe the journal's serendipitous arrival, the challenge to find their creative voice, and the reluctance to part with the work of art they've helped create, Kreuzhage shows the remarkably profound impact that Someguy's idea has had on the lives of those lucky enough to participate. Occasionally poignant - one woman desperately tries to locate the journal that her recently deceased brother contributed to - and humorous, as when two young women in Australia take it upon themselves to spruce up a few entries they find dull, 1000 Journals is a celebration of global creativity. - Amber Humphrey --San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Here's the story: In June of 2000, a graphic designer, known in this project as Someguy, had an idea for a collaborative art project. He would distribute 1,000 blank journals, allow people to fill them in any way they wanted to, and return them to him.
According to Someguy's story, "In August of that year, I began distributing blank journals around San Francisso. I left them in bar bathrooms, at cafes, and on the bus, and gave them to friends and strangers. Each journal contained instructions inviting participants to contribute something to the journal, and then to pass it along to someone else."
He had no idea if the journals would ever return. But he started a website on which people could post their journal artwork and sign up to have a journal sent to them when they returned. The documentary tracks the story of the journals that have been returned or have known whereabouts.
People who found the books eagerly looked forward to leaving their mark. Faced with filling a blank page, some filled it eagerly, some couldn't decide how to fill it. Many had trouble sending the journal onto the next person. (Artists frequently have trouble letting their work go into the world without adult supervision.)
Because the books traveled to every state in the union and into 53 countries worldwide. People began to add rules to the journals. "Finish them in 24 hours and pass them on." "You have two weeks." And then, some artists decided they didn't like the writing of others, painted over the pages and added their own artwork.Read more ›
With clear instructions to create a personal art work on one or two pages (called a "spread"), Brian left "his" journals in public places. Bus stops, restaurants, busses themselves. Any place his day took him. This film documents the journals and the people who received them. Some people kept them for a year. Some kept them longer. Some journals have not returned at all.
Andrea Krueghage's film documents the people who received them, and someguy who conceived and carried out the experiment. Now, an exhibit at MOMA in San Francisco, do NOT miss this extraordinary film. I dare you to sit through it and not need kleenex. What do you suppose would happen if someguy or somegal sent 1,000 journals into the world and asked people to write their formula for peace in its pages? Would YOU be able to "Pass it on" or return it to the originator?
Andrea Kreuzhage literally takes us on the global journey with the notebooks, and we meet people who feel passionately about the journals and their responsibility to and for them. It was entertaining and enlightening and captured the attention of our entire family, including the teenagers.
What happens when you send something out into the world with good intent? Does only good come back? Not always. The journals somehow bring out emotion and some action that isn't always pure of heart. People hang on to journals and are resistant to sharing and they do questionable things in their entries (and to other people's entries). And for others, the journals bring only joy and delight. Andrea brings the story full circle with themes of acceptance, forgiveness and a quest to carry on with creativity in the world.
It's a film about connectivity and the reveal of emotions--good and bad.
I recommend inviting lots of friends over to watch this, open a few bottles of wine, and have a few blank journals, glue sticks and a box of markers out for dessert. This movie will start something more than you can imagine.
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This program of artistic inquiry into life's many questions is beyond awesome.! This book proves it and more. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Mel Rainey
I had this on my wish list forever and debated buying it but I am so happy I did. It is good to step out of one's comfort zone of reading and to see so many expressive pieces on... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Kindle Customer
The last few years I so wanted to purchase 1000 Journals DVD and since I couldn't find it here in Australia, I approached Amazon and well what do you know in two weeks it was... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Liza Posar
Andrea Kreuzhage documents San Francisco artist Someguy's realized AHA! moment. Curious about the reactions of ordinary people to blank paper, he dropped 1000 blank journals into... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Sakuteiki
I participated in the 1000 Journals Project at Artfest in 2006, and this film definitely captures the energy of that moment. Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by JK Pete
i was very excited to read about this movie. I had seen the web site and read about the project. a great idea,it's too bad the film doesn't keep the faith. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by M. DiOrio
I love this film! i saw it on netflix and knew i had to own it! i also bought the 1,000 journals book! this dvd is incredible!Published on September 25, 2010 by Vanessa Lee Van Divier
This was a fantastic look into the world of 1,000 journals. Good commentary. Colorful people. Interesting subject matter. It was great. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by M. Amaro
if you are not a journaling artist, or don't collect ephemera, or
don't marvel in the everyday, you can still be moved by this documentary. Read more