Selected Film:

I Forgot My Phone

Selected Film:

I Forgot My Phone

Why We Chose This Film

Thoughts, ideas, and things to consider about this film...


In this film, we follow a woman through a multitude of social and intimate contexts and find that the most striking characteristic is that she is the only one without a phone. Shot with minimal dialogue, we see the people around her using their phones as a filter for their experiences, preventing them from connecting to the people and environment around themselves.

It’s really easy to continually check our phones: they’re always with us and we capture almost everything on them. This short and sweet film explores the absurdity of it all and what we miss when our heads are deep into our phone screens.

Have you observed scenarios, similar to those in the film, where your friends seem consumed by their phones? And is this something you’ve also seen in your OWN life? Do you think this is just an inevitable part of life at this point, or are there alternatives? What do imagine could be gained, if anything, if you could cut your smartphone use in half?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.  

To go even deeper, you can try the creative exercises we’ve developed for you.

About the Filmmaker

Charlene deGuzman is a writer and actor who first garnered attention from tweeting her self-deprecating thoughts as @charstarlene. Rolling Stone named her one of the “Funniest People on Twitter Right Now.” She went on to write and star in her own short films, and her most popular one, “I Forgot My Phone,” has over 51 million views on YouTube and was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, NPR, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.

Charlene is an advocate for self-love and bringing awareness to sex and love addiction. She speaks publicly about her recovery and has her own advice column with FLOOD magazine. Charlene wrote her first feature film, Unlovable, which premiered at SXSW in 2018 and received special jury recognition. It stars Charlene, John Hawkes, and Melissa Leo, and was produced by the Duplass Brothers. www.charstarlene.com. Miles Crawford began filmmaking, initiated by his professional career in music and theatre: where he performed Off-Broadway and internationally toured with STOMP.

As a musician, he drummed alongside Eminem, Ringo Starr, Art Garfunkel, Darwin Deez, Bronagh Gallagher, and others. His directional debut, music video DNA was nominated for a UK MVA. Collaborative shorts with Charlene deGuzman: I Forgot My Phone has over 51M views, receiving attention from news outlets around the world; and Drum-Off, was featured at LACMA’s Young Directors Night. Miles is Associate Producer of the feature film Crown Heights – winner of the Audience Award at Sundance 2017. He finds inspiration working with young artists as a director and choreographer in Los Angeles for SMMUSD and THEATRE 31, and in Brazil with the non-profit Quabales. He is currently writing a feature film. www.giantmiles.com

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Live the film by putting your phone away for one day

  • Choose an upcoming day where you’ll be out in your community and experience being disconnected digitally. What do you notice? How was your day different from your usual experiences with your phone? What do you miss? Is it an overall positive or negative experience?

  • Share your observations and the story of your day by posting in the comments below.

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  1. Lynne

    Sad thing is she’s the only normal person, everyone else is so consumed with their phones and are missing out on life because of it. its created a detachment between us humans, we no longer see each other, we just see the next big moment to post…

  2. Alex WilliamsAlex

    Unfortunately this is an accurate depiction of what you see in most social settings. Alot of performers have started banning cell phones for their shows. I used to think it was egotistical, I get it now.

  3. Anonymous

    its sad that our lives are now revolved around always being on the phone and not living in the moment.


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