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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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