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MIA’s documentary director quits the project after leaking his own trailer

Jul 8, 2013

Mathangi Arulpragasam, AKA MIA, is no stranger to controversy. Lately, she’s been having a lot of trouble getting her latest album, “Matangi,” released because it’s too positive. Apparently, her album isn’t the only thing that’s threatening not to surface.

A documentary about the artist directed by Steve Loveridge was meant to be released last year and had been held up likely due to financial problems. On his Tumblr, Loveridge posted that since he had “nothing to lose,” he’d upload a trailer he had created to show Interscope records how the documentary was shaping up. The video was uploaded to Youtube and MIA tweeted in its support: “im gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exsist , ive been black listed through normal channels !!!!!!!”

The documentary was taken down due to a copyright claim by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Loveridge then decided to take a step back and cooperate with the powers that be to negotiate a happy release of the documentary. Oh wait, no he didn’t, he decided to badmouth a RocNation representative who emailed him and post the exchange on Tumblr.

Hi [redacted]
I really couldn’t give a flying fuck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this…
nothing personal icon smile MIAs documentary director quits the project after leaking his own trailer
S x

Wise words from the frustrated director. Let’s just hope that “Matangi’s” story has a happier ending than the documentary does. The album’s due in stores…eventually, probably. No word on that documentary Kickstarter just yet.

h/t: Pitchfork

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