(2005) dir. Michael Ferris Gibson
This low-budget documentary appealed more to me, I think, than the average viewer of the world, in that this film is really not only a snapshot of life on one of the world’s most successful message board sites but of a very contemporary, though already transitionally passe San Francisco, which is my home.
It’s not great film-making, but it’s fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I don’t think that it really plumbs the depths of analysis regarding this virtual corkboard and its glimpse into the psyche of its users. It literally takes the snapshot approach, which is fine and valuable enough in itself. This is a passing glance into the shared space and the real world behind it. It’s largely little stuff like selling baby strollers or people looking for sex partners or dog groomers.
The highlights are the Chinese girl who paints erotic pictures of classical subjects and talks incessantly about the subject and the creepy guy who arranges to have a “sex party” to which no attendees have shown except the camera crew.
The weirdest part of it all is that I recognized two friends in the film. One was in the final cut, looking for a gay husband for money (don’ ask me – I don’t know.) And the other was in the “Making of…” documentary, offering free baby food (again, I don’t know, but I could only guess).
Anyways, I thought it was pretty fun overall.