These four short stories, each of them three minutes long, are the first documentaries fully shot with a cell phone. In the first story, titled The Bear, a man remembers the occasion when he was attacked by the said animal and then was saved by the cell phone ‘bell’. In The Taxi we follow a love story in which a lady leaves her cell phone in a taxi and then calls her own number; a man who responds to her call is now her lover. OTB tells us about a man who bets on horse racing during his working hours, but accidentally calls his boss and gets unmasked. The Dog is a story about a boy who gets bitten by the neighbor’s dog; however, instead of the boy’s leg, the dog bites a cell phone in his pocket.
Edward Lachman was born in New Jersey, USA. He graduated from Harvard and the University of Ohio. During his fruitful career as a cinematographer, he worked with such names as Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Jean-Luc Godard and Bernardo Bertolucci. His work in Todd Hayenes’s Far From Heaven brought him an Oscar nomination.
2004, 4', color, video