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.

  4. Anonymous

    It is really sad in this day in age that we are so disconnected from reality. We are too busy with electronics instead of living in the moment and actually paying attention to what is going on around you. Children are so unsocialized now and lack creativity.

  5. plhand59

    My husband and I would see young couples out on dates and both of them were on their phones the entire time. It is so sad to see how disconnected people really are – and even sadder to think that they are thinking that they are just the opposite.

  6. Rita

    This is exactly why I don’t want a cell phone and my kids don’t have them either. It’s like an addiction all on it’s own.

  7. Christina

    The message this spotlighted behaviour sends to those actually present with the person constantly on their phone and taking selfies is, you are just not Enough for me…

    It amplifies that the perception of “this captured moment” for “the OTHERS”,
    is MORE important to me, than truly BEING with YOU…

    It is VERY sad, and so psychologically and emotionally destructive, on depth of authentic relationships…we have become a superficial, self promoting, self centric society, and we wonder why depression and suicide rates are climbing with this disconnect of our souls.

  8. anonymous

    When you are so busy recording the moments in life you are missing out on the experiences of life.

  9. Anonymous

    Such a sad true commentary on addiction to phones.

  10. Richard T Sahara

    I’m not sure I can relate to this clip. I’m not a phone person.

  11. Kathy

    so sad we live in a society like this now.

  12. Anonymous

    This is very accurate and is so sad. So many great things are being missed because of the phone obsession.

  13. Joseph Steinhoff

    I am guilty of this. From the eyes of the one without the phone it’s so much more clear how we are filtering everything through our phones.

  14. Anonymous

    I am trying to pay attention to my phone usage when I am around others. Living in the real world is so much better.

  15. jessica lindley

    phones are always in our hands and we should have more social life than having phones.

  16. Anonymous

    Sad how obsessed everyone has become with their phones. I wonder how this will effect the children we’re raising.

  17. Anonymous

    feel like this all the time

  18. Anonymous

    It is true watching how we are all so addicted to our phones. We really miss out on life!


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