Digital entertainment curator FilmBuff have announced that it will release the award-winning documentary ARTIFACT, about the grueling struggle between Jared Leto's celebrated band Thirty Seconds to Mars and their record label across all leading VOD platforms on December 3, 2013.
Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club) 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.
"I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things really work in the record industry, because understanding is the beginning of change. And whether they like it or not, change is coming," says Jared Leto. "We battled a massive record corporation, challenged an entire industry, fought for our creative lives, and it was worth every single second. We put everything we had worked so hard for on the line. It was life or death. It was war."
"Artifact is a powerful and brutal examination of the music industry from the perspective of one of the most creative bands today," says Scott Kaplan, FilmBuff's Head of Distribution. "The battle Thirty Seconds to Mars went through is one that is just as relevant to filmmakers as it is to musicians and we're extremely proud to be standing behind this affecting film."
Beginning December 3, 2013, the film will be available on all leading broadband Video On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu.
ARTIFACT was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (a longtime directing pseudonym for Leto) and produced by Jared Leto and Emma Ludbrook. In addition to Jared Leto, the film also features Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars) and Tomo Milicevic (Thirty Seconds to Mars), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Amanda Palmer, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Kenna, D.A. Wallach (Chester French), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Damian Kulash (OK Go), Bob Lefsetz, Daniel Levitin, and Irving Azoff.
The film had its World Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it won Blackberry's People's Choice Documentary Award. It then went on to play at DOC NYC and SXSW. The film also won the Audience Award at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.