Yesterday we premiered and hosted a short film from Shia LaBeouf called After the film’s launch, it came to light on Twitter, thanks to the sharp eyes of @Gholson, and the reporting of Buzzfeed, that the film was an uncredited adaptation of a work by Daniel Clowes.

As soon as this came to light we decided to pull the film from the internet out of respect to Mr. Clowes. We reached out to Mr. LaBeouf’s team for clarification and the resulting statement came out early this morning in this series of tweets from LaBeouf’s account:








While we believe we were misled, we also feel partly responsible having partnered with Shia and his team to premiere the film online and would like to apologize to Mr. Clowes, our promotional partners to whom we passed the film along to, and ultimately to you, our cherished SOTW audience. All indications from the crediting of the film as “A film by Shia LaBeouf” to LaBeouf’s answer to our question of where the concept originated led us to believe it to be a wholly original work. When it became clear that it was not, we took down the film. If it wasn’t for the legions of online Clowes fans who pointed this out, this may never have come to light.

As curators of a powerful but under-appreciated medium like short film where filmmakers often spend years of effort and make little or no money, the recognition a filmmaker receives from their work, and therefore attribution, is often the only benefit they’ll see in return. Correct attribution is very important to us because it means everything to the creators of the work.

Finally, it’s interesting to note that while the film opened at Cannes and continued to screen for more than a year at film festivals around the world, it wasn’t until it reached online audiences that the truth came out. To us it serves as a refreshing look at how far our collective respect for digital media has come from the early days of Napster and mainstream piracy. And now, in some ways, has even begun to push the respect and recognition for artist rights even further.