This award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they fight a relentless lawsuit with record label Virgin/EMI and write songs for their album "This Is War." Opening up his life for the camera during months of excruciating pressures, Leto reveals the struggles his band must face over questions of art, money and integrity.
“Artifact” is a doc that defies expectations – what begins as a profile of a band’s creative journey becomes a riveting chronicle of the battle between artist and corporate America. Director Bartholomew Cubbins (singer/songwriter Jared Leto) tracks the immensely popular alt-rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars as they balance their struggle to overcome an overwhelming legal battle and complete an album put in peril by the pressures of the polluted music industry.
As digital curators, our connection to “Artifact” represents a collaboration built on the desire to support and foster the voices and viewpoints of unique films and filmmakers. It’s only fitting that a film about the breakdown of an industry in the digital age would be distributed by us on VOD. “Artifact” reveals the dilemma that artists face in the twenty-first century: working in an industry that has been outpaced by technology. Jared allows intimate access to the band’s creative process while lifting the curtain on the machinations of the corporate takeover of the music industry, creating an electrifying example of the synergistic power of music and film.
Release Year: 2013
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Country: United States (US)
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
South by Southwest Film Festival 2013
TIFF Blackberry's People's Choice Documentary Award 2012
Producer(s): Jared Leto and Emma Ludbrook
Bartholomew Cubbins is the longtime directing pseudonym for actor/singer Jared Leto.