Jim Killeen: Google Me - In search of his own identity

Washington Post —“It all started when I Googled my name,” says Jim Killeen. As a “failed Los Angeles actor”. “At 38 he was unmarried, no children. The movie stardom for which he'd left Detroit had never materialized; he'd eventually launched a business providing chair massages in poker halls for a dollar a minute. It was […]

Washington Post —“It all started when I Googled my name,” says Jim Killeen. As a “failed Los Angeles actor”. “At 38 he was unmarried, no children. The movie stardom for which he'd left Detroit had never materialized; he'd eventually launched a business providing chair massages in poker halls for a dollar a minute. It was surprisingly lucrative but (perhaps not surprisingly) unfulfilling.”

“So on that night in August, as Killeen typed his name in the search bar, he was looking for ego-stroking, but he was also looking for something in his life to be reflected back to him -- something buried in those listings to tell him who he was. Instead, what popped up:“

  • Jim Killeen is a parish priest in Cobh, Ireland.
  • Jim Killeen is a CEO in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Jim Killeen is a sexual swinger in Denver.
  • Jim Killeen is a retired cop in New York.

“I wanted them to be doing well in life," he says. "I wanted them to succeed. They were members of a very special club.” Suddenly, he knew what he needed to do. In search of his own identity, Jim decided to meet other people who share his name and to find their stories. Google was the most accessible way to find other Jim Killeens from all over the world: a cop from New York, a priest from Ireland, an engineer, a swinger. Google Me (The Movie) is a 96 minutes documentary that describes his cathartic journey. The full video is available for a limited timed at YouTube.

Google Me is an invitation to rediscover yourself by listening to other people's stories. If you can't watch the whole movie, the first 10 minutes are very special. Video after the jump.