Werner Herzog’s new documentary “From One Second To The Next” film review

Werner Herzog photo
Werner Herzog.



Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog has a made a new documentary that takes on the growing problem of texting and driving. Entitled From One Second To The Next, the approximately 30-minute documentary employs raw emotion and brutal honesty through interviews. The first person accounts, from both victims and perpetrators, describe the aftermath of car accidents that were the direct result of drivers’ inattention due to texting while driving.

While I was recently in conversation with the legendary director, during the launch of his video installation at the Getty MuseumHerzog related a chilling story of a guy — someone who he wasn’t permitted to interview for this documentary — who was in prison for killing a boy on a bike.

At the moment of impact, the guy had been texting his girlfriend who was seated in the car right next to him. 

It was AT&T who approached Herzog and asked if he would direct a series of short films warning people about the dangers of texting while driving. The documentary, which tells the stories of both victims and perpetrators, is available to watch here and was distributed by AT&T to more than 40,000 high schools, as well as hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies.

Said Herzog. “This has nothing to do with consumerism or being part of advertising products. This whole campaign is rather dissuading you from excessive use of a product. It’s a campaign. We’re not trying to sell anything to you. We’re not trying to sell a mobile phone to you. We’re trying to raise awareness.”




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

1 comment

  • The live2txt app was designed to remove the temptation of looking at the phone, by blocking incoming text alerts and phone ringtones, while the app is activated. The sender also receives a message indicating that you are driving and will return their call/text when you arrive at your destination. This patent pending technology will also send an alert to parents phones every time the app is activated and deactivated, allowing the parent to unobtrusively monitor compliance. It is currently available for Android devices at Google Play for $1.99 and should be available for the I Phone by the end of the year. More information is available at
    Get the message. Drive Safely. Live2txt


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