Beyoncé’s video for her new song “Formation” lit up the Internet last night, but it seems all is not well in the Beyhive.
Not long after it went live, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Chris Black posted on Twitter that the video used clips from a short film he had produced without credit — a documentary about New Orleans bounce music, That B.E.A.T..
Black told Mashable he was contacted by Lily Keber of Mairzy Doats Productions one week ago about the use of their footage in an undisclosed artist’s music video. The filmmakers don’t own the footage, however, as it was commissioned by Nokia and Sundance. Sundance and Keber have been contacted for comment.
As an artist, he said the lack of credit was upsetting.
“We don’t mind our work being shared or celebrated, but we put a lot of work into it and we just wanted credit,” Black explained.
Matsoukas made a rare appearance on Twitter hours after Black called her out, tweeting her thanks to Black and the film’s director, Abteen Bagheri, for making the video “whole.”