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MIPTV Picks 2014: Artifact

Artifact, directed by actor and 30 Second to Mars front man Jared Leto, was originally intended to be a "making of" doc for the band's third album, but it took on a decidedly different tone when the group's label at that point, EMI, launched a US$30 million lawsuit against the band, alleging breach of contract.
March 21, 2014


Partners: The Sisyphus Corporation; distributed by BBC Worldwide
Length: 1 x 104 minutes
Airing: 2014
Rights available: Worldwide outside North America

Jared Leto may be a household name via his acting career, which recently saw him scoop up a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. But his other gig – that of frontman for alt-rock band 30 Seconds to Mars – also keeps him fairly busy, recording albums and touring the world. Artifact, originally intended to be a “making of” doc for the band’s third album, took on a decidedly different tone when the group’s label at that point, EMI, launched a US$30 million lawsuit against the band, alleging breach of contract. The film, directed by Leto, follows the band as it presses on in the making of the album, and also casts an eye towards the rough road of evolution and liberation – both for the band and for the music industry itself.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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