Herzog Tackles Texting and Driving in New Film
In his documentaries, Werner Herzog has examined grizzly bears, plane crash survivors, cave paintings and death row inmates. For his latest project, the 70-year-old filmmaker is exploring the dangers of texting while driving in "From One Second to the Next," a 35-minute short film that emotionally recounts how lives have been forever changed by the issue.
"I knew I could do it because it has to do with catastrophic events invading a family," said Herzog, who has alternated between fiction ("Rescue Dawn") and non-fiction ("Grizzly Man") throughout his career. "In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever. That kind of emotional resonance is something that I knew I could cover."
The documentary, which tells the stories of both victims and perpetrators, will be available to watch Thursday at ItCanWait.com and distributed by AT&T to more than 40,000 high schools, as well as hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies.
What inspired the legendary filmmaker to direct what’s essentially a public-service announcement?
"It always depends on the project itself," said the German-born filmmaker. "What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me. There’s a completely new culture out there. 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."