Werner Herzog creates haunting documentary on texting and driving

Posted at 8:03 PM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-09 20:13:34-04

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Werner Herzog doesn’t text, but that didn’t stop him from creating a documentary on four stories in which texting and driving derailed peoples’ lives.

The documentary is beautifully shot, deeply sad and very powerful — it will certainly make you never want to text and drive again.  The project was commissioned by AT&T, and will be distributed to more than 40,000 high schools, as well as to government bodies and safety groups as part of the campaign, according to the Associated Press.

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The 35-minute short film titled From One Second to the Next examines how how texting and driving has affected both the drivers and victims after four different accidents.  Herzog, the 70-year-old master filmmaker who has done”Rescue Dawn” and “Grizzly Man,” says AT&T’s proposal inspired him immediately.

“There’s a completely new culture out there,” Herzog told the Associated Press. “I’m not a participant of texting and driving — or texting at all — but I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us.”

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The four stories are the longer versions of the short television spots.