Jared Leto’s “Artifact” doc to get VoD release

Artifact, a doc directed by and starring actor-musician Jared Leto (pictured), is to get a VoD release next month through distributor FilmBuff.
November 19, 2013

Distributor FilmBuff is to give Artifact, a doc directed by and starring Jared Leto (pictured), a release via video-on-demand.

The film follows the actor and 30 Seconds To Mars frontman as he works on the band’s This Is War album while fending off a US$30 million breach of contract lawsuit brought against the band by record label Virgin/EMI in 2008.

It will be available on VoD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu on December 3.

“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,” Leto said in a statement. “We battled a massive record corporation, challenged an entire industry, fought for our creative lives, and it was worth every single second.”

Leto, who is garnering Oscar buzz for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, directed Artifact under his pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. The film premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Blackberry’s People’s Choice Documentary Award. It later screened at SXSW and DOC NYC, and won an audience award at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Artifact was produced by Leto and Emma Ludbrook.

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