Werner Herzog posted his latest short film to YouTube this week, titled From One Second to the Next, a compilation of four stories about texting and driving. Set in various parts of America's heartland, the 35 minute short spotlights the perils of texting and driving as part of a public awareness campaign, told emotionally through personal accounts from both victims and people who caused injury and death as a result of using their mobile phones to send a text. 

The four stories re-tell the incidences of people and the aftermath of a split moment that changed their lives. The film gives heart-wrenching moments of anger, pain and forgiveness. While the subject matter is very real, it is presented via Herzog's indelible imagery and storytelling.

Film Society will take a look back at the early films of the German-born filmmaker August 16 – 22 in Werner Herzog: Parables of Folly and Madness, showcasing eight films on 35mm from the '60s and '70s including Klaus Kinski’s first collaboration with Herzog on Aguirre, The Wrath of God and then again when they reunited for Fitzcarraldo, in which Kinski plays an opera aficionado intent on building an opera house in the Peruvian jungle.

Signs of Life, Herzog’s feature debut will also be presented as well as two films in which he collaborated with outsider musical artist Bruno S., The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Every Man for Himself and God Against All) and Stroszek, Herzog’s indelible vision of American despair in which an accordion player is released from prison and sets up house with a prostitute before emigrating to America.

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