St. Vincent always creates amazing music videos! Directed by Chino Moya. Watch “Digital Witness” after the jump.
Finally some Buzzfeed content that is actually worth sharing! In case you haven’t heard Shia LaBeouf is in hell right now, and it appears he’s ended up there because of an insatiable desire to plagiarize people smarter than him. I’m actually suspicious it’s all part of a performance piece or something because it’s way too funny to be real.
Ok so, earlier this year Shia LaBeouf dropped out of Daniel Sullivan’s production of “Orphans” and used his Twitter to share a screenshot of his apology email to his co-star Alec Baldwin. The email contained what appears to be a heartfelt message. The Internet went nuts, when Gawker revealed that his apology was completely copied from an Esquire article in their “How to Be a Man” Issue, from 2009.
Flash forward to Monday of this week. Shia LaBeouf posted his film “HowardCantour.com” online and the Internet exploded with controversy. It appeared the film was a complete rip-off of famed cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ comic “Justin M. Damiano”.
The film, starring Jim Gaffigan as a film critic, contains characters and huge sections of narration lifted directly off the pages of Clowes’ story. You can watch the film and see panels from Clowes’ comic here.
Late last night, Shia LaBeouf took to Twitter to apologize to Clowes, but not without adding a defence for his actions:
“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.” — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013 (source)
And now for my favourite part! It turns out that even this statement was lifted from someone else. It appears that in order to write this Shia LaBeouf needed the help of an entry on Yahoo! Answers, by a user named Lili, from 4 years ago:
“Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize the “stolen” concept.” (source)
Daniel Clowes is now pursuing legal action (as he should). I still can’t believe this is real, it’s too amazing.
Interview Magazine just posted up a terrific exchange between Spike Jonze and Nicole Holofcener. Holofcener is a writer and director, and Jonze’s latest film “Her” is his first effort as a writer and director.
It makes such a difference when the interviewer is actually knowledgeable and doesn’t ask the same boring questions. Great interview.
Read it here.
This is my super talented friend Celia Rowlson-Hall scouting locations for her new film. She’s directed a couple Vimeo Staff Picks in the last year or so, and done choreography for bands like Sleigh Bells, and Mayer Hawthorne, oh and also for shows like HBO’s GIRLS.
What I’m trying to say is her film is gonna be good. Learn more about it over on Kickstarter.
Ashrita Furman is the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time (nearly 400). This film by Brian McGinn follows Furman as he prepares to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.
I love everything about this documentary, my only complaint is that it’s much too short! This story deserves to be a full feature! I want to surround myself with people like Ashrita Furman, so full of life!
Watch the film “The Record Breaker” below!
Part 2 of Nike’s “Never Not” film is required viewing if you snowboard. Actually, I think it’s inspiring regardless as its focus is really on passion and ambition. The director Per-Hampus Stålhandske beautifully captures the relentless pursuit of a goal.
Now I realise action sports and creative arts are opposites in a lot of ways (I’m usually not risking broken legs when I use a pencil crayon) but when I watch things like this I question how passionate I am about reaching my own goals.
Having said all that, it’s not just a bunch of talking heads. The riding is serious! The screengrab above, for example, is a heli shot of Halldór Helgason back flipping a huge roof gap.
Watch the film below! The opening makes me wanna ride so bad!