All drivers have at one time or another seen it—you can spot a person who's texting and driving a mile away, even if you're driving well behind him. There's the typical drifting into other lanes and over double lines, the illogical breaking, the glides through STOP signs.
And yet most of us have at one time or another still convinced ourselves that we can send or read a short text while driving because it really can't wait, or it's no big deal, or it'll simply take just a quick second, so no harm done.
That's the focus of director Werner Herzog's stirring new short film, From One Second to the Next.
Though it was commissioned by AT&T to show to high school students and government agencies, the film's corporate origins have done nothing to dampen the artistry of its storytelling. In other words, this film will punch you in the gut—more than once.
"I don't remember what I was texting," says driver Reggie Shaw in the film, explaining the text he sent in 2006, when he caused a car accident that killed two people. "I don't remember what the message said. That’s how important it was."
As Herzog recently told the Associated Press, "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."