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1000journals


1000 Journals
A Film by Andrea Kreuzhage

One thousand blank journals are traveling from hand to hand throughout the world. One came back. Where are the other 999?

 


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1000 Journals

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
88
Theme: 
Art, Dance, Music
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
1000 Journals Poster
Production year: 
November, 2007
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Writer, Producer, Director Andrea Kreuzhage has been working in the film industry since 1986, and has been involved in the development, financing, production, and distribution of 8 to 10 feature films and television productions per year. Based in Munich, Germany, she worked with partners all over Europe, the U.S.A., Japan, and from 1987 to 2004 with the Australian company Beyond Films. In 1994, Andrea moved to Los Angeles, where she produced the Sony Classics release SLC PUNK, AVE MARIA and BOOKIES. The feature length documentary 1000 JOURNALS is her first film as director.

Film director: 
Andrea Kreuzhage
Editing: 
Joshua Callaghan
Film photographer: 
Ralph Kaechele
Music: 
Stuart Balcomb
Film synopsis: 
1000 blank journals are passed from hand to hand throughout the world, collecting stories, pictures, collages -- slices of the lives they touch. One came back, filled. Where are the other 999? 1000 Journals investigates their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who added to this global "message in a bottle."
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
HD
Format Ratio: 
16:9
Film Sound: 
5.1
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
HD, Digi Beta, Beta SP
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

AFI Fest (American Film Institute), Los Angeles, November 2007
Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Special, February 2008
Indianapolis International Film Festival, April 2008
Newport Beach Film Festival, April 2008
San Francisco International Film Festival, April 2008
Delray Beach Film Festival, FL, May 2008
Best of Fest, Burbank, CA, May 2008
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, MI, June 2008
Atlanta Underground Film Festival /DocuFest, Winner Audience Choice Award, August 2008
Festivaletteratura, Mantova, Italy, September 2008
Northampton UK, Int. Community Film Festival, September 2008
Cambridge Film Festival, UK, September 2008
Movies that Matter, Calgary, September 2008
Port Townsend Film Festival, September 2008
San Diego Women's Film Festival, October 2008
Wisconsin Book Festival, October 2008
Hot Springs (AR) Documentary Film Festival, October 2008
HD Fest NYC, October 2008, Honorable Mention
Columbus Film Festival, Silver Chris Award, Best Film "Art," November 2008
Hamilton Film Festival, Canada, November 2008
Moving Image Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, November 2008
Guelph Film Festival, Canada, November 2008
St. Louis International Film Festival, November 2008
Documentary Film Fest Jogjakarta Indonesia, December 2008
PTFF Movable Fest, Port Angeles, WA, January 2009
Victoria Film Festival, BC, Canada, February 2009
Salem Film Fest, MA, March 2009
Durango Independent Film Festival, CO, March 2009
San Joaquin International Film Festival, CA, May 2009
Talking Pictures Film Festival, Evanston (Chicago), IL, May 2009, Honorable Mention
Fantaspoa, International Fantastic Film Festival, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 2009

Awards received: 
Columbus Film Festival, Silver Chris Award, Best Film "Art," November 2008 Atlanta Underground Film Festival /DocuFest, Winner Audience Choice Award, August 2008 HD Fest NYC, October 2008, Honorable Mention Talking Pictures Film Festival, Evanston (Chicago), IL, May 2009, Honorable Mention
Film reviews: 
In a surprising region where art, performance, psychology and interactivity overlap, during the summer of 2000 a wonderful project was born. A San Francisco artist who mysteriously calls himself 'Someguy' began a unique adventure that touched thousands of people all over the world. He compiled and released 1000 blank writing journals into the world - placing them in cafes, restaurants, parks, bookstores, on streets, and in many other places where random people would be likely to find them. He invited people to contribute some content, then pass them on, and asked that the filled journals be returned. His message to those who found the journals said: 'This is an experiment and you are part of it.' Someguy's inspiration for creating this project came from his fascination with messages that people scribble on bathroom walls. Three years later, only 1 journal had come back to him. His curiosity was overwhelming - he wondered where the other 999 journals had disappeared to, so he tried to find them. 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
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
International: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
Louise Rosen Ltd
Address: 
16 High Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 Phone: +1 207 725 8215 Fax: +1 207 725 8057
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Filmmaker
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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About 1000journals

Kreuzhage Andrea
(andrea-k productions, Inc.)

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."

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