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TIFF ’12: “Artifact” picks up People’s Choice Doc Award

Artifact (pictured), a documentary following actor Jared Leto and his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, has picked up the People's Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
September 17, 2012

Artifact (pictured), a documentary following actor Jared Leto and his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, has picked up the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The first runner up in the category was Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan’s Storm Surfers 3D, while the second runner up was Rob Stewart’s Revolution.

Artifact, directed by Leto under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, had its world premiere at TIFF on Friday night (September 14), at a packed screening attended by the actor and his bandmates. The film follows the band as they as they face a legal battle with record label EMI, while attempting to record their third album This is War.

In his first interview to promote the doc, Leto told realscreen last week that Artifact “is a David and Goliath story,” adding: “It’s a story about art and commerce, and it’s an age-old story.”

Read the full interview and check out a clip from the film here.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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