Case 02: Long Branch


THE ORIGINAL: Long Branch is a celebrated and award-winning 2011 American short film directed by Dane Clark and Lindsey Stewart. It screened at multiple film festivals from 2011 to 2013 and was a winner of the 2013 Short of the Week award in the live action category.

View Long Branch on Vimeo here and visit the movie's Facebook page here.

THE FAKE: In January 2013, "Frankie" posts on the Level 3 Pictures Facebook timeline that he has written a new short film, titled "One Night," to be produced by Level 3 Pictures.

In February, he claims "One Night" is in post production.

On February 24, 2013, "Frankie" updates the Level 3 Pictures Facebook profile with a "One Night" themed cover photo, clearly showing a still frame of actors Jenny Raven and Alex House, pulled from the short film Long Branch.

By March, "Frankie" has successfully posted a version of Long Branch on YouTube as "One Night." (The video is currently only privately viewable on YouTube.)

On March 4, 2013, "Frankie" posts further promotion for "One Night" on Facebook, using an image from the short film Long Branch as the main image on his movie poster.

Frankie's film One Night does not screen at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival or at Palm Springs, contrary to his claims on Facebook.

In August 2013, "Frankie" posts "One Night" to the Level 3 Pictures website. The video has since been removed.