Driving and Texting Don't Mix In New Werner Herzog Documentary

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For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2013
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Driving and Texting Don't Mix In New Werner Herzog Documentary

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog has made documentaries about prehistoric cave paintings, a Vietnam-era prisoner of war, death row inmates, Antarctica, and grizzly bears.

Now the Oscar-nominated director turns his camera on the hot-button topic of texting and driving.

His short documentary From One Second to the Next screens during the program Texting & Driving: It Can Wait on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The event will also feature remarks by AT&T Missouri President John Sondag and Missouri State Senator Jason Holsman. Following the screening, Julie Breitenstein, whose son Austin was seriously injured when he crashed his truck while reading a text message, also will share her family's story.

The film, which focuses on four individuals who have caused or been the victims of a texting-and-driving accident, was developed as part of a campaign by cellular providers AT&T; Sprint; T-Mobile USA, Inc.; and Verizon to reduce texting-related traffic accidents.

By giving voice to the individuals who caused the accidents and the many people whose lives were forever changed by them, Herzog shows the devastating potential consequences when a driver turns his or her attention to a single, meaningless text.

Herzog, who throughout his five-decade career has alternated between documentaries (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) and fictional films (Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Fitzcarraldo; Rescue Dawn) has said he was drawn to the emotional and physical fallout of texting-and-driving accidents.

 "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."

This event is co-sponsored by AT&T. For more information about the It Can Wait campaign, visit www.itcanwait.com

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.