1000 Journals documentary

Craft & Design

I’ve been excited about the forthcoming 1000 Journals documentary. In case you don’t know about the 1000 Journals project and documentary, here’s a synopsis:

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.” Directed by Andrea Kreuzhage. USA. Running time: 88 mins.

“Someguy” was at the Bay Area Maker Faire. I never saw him, but I came back to the Maker’s Notebook Modding Station in the Maker Shed after a break, opened up a notebook on the table, and like a visit from the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus, a bunch of pages had been magically altered in my absence. Here are a few:


The 1000 Journals documentary will be running at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco from Aug. 1 – 7. Check the film’s website for more upcoming screenings.

The 1000 Journals Project


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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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