|Directed by||Bartholomew Cubbins|
|Produced by||Jared Leto
|Editing by||Ishai Setton
Artifact is a 2012 American documentary film directed by Jared Leto under the pseudonym of Bartholomew Cubbins, a recurring character in the Dr. Seuss universe. The film is a documentary about the making of the 30 Seconds to Mars album This Is War and the band's battle against record label EMI. Included in Artifact are several interviews, including the one with neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of the popular science book This Is Your Brain On Music. The film won the BlackBerry People's Choice Documentary Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Four filmmakers taped more than three thousand hours of 30 Seconds to Mars as the band completed its album This Is War in 2008 and 2009. Leto stated that the film is a literal artifact of a specific time, of the band, of his personal life, and "really what was happening with the entire world."
On February 4, 2010, 30 Seconds to Mars held a preview of Artifact at The Hive, the communal space the band ran on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The event was interrupted after there was a bomb scare, a man rushed the stage and dropped a suspicious looking package at Jared Leto's feet. Police were called to the venue and the building was evacuated, with cops sealing off the streets around the area. Despite the disruptions, the band finished the screening of the film the following evening.
Awards and nominations
- Official Selection (Documentaries), 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
- Winner, People's Choice Award (Documentary), 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
- Official Selection, 2012 DOC NYC New York Documentary Film Festival
- Winner, Audience Award, Gotham Independent Film Awards 2012
- Official Selection (24 Beats Per Second), South by Southwest 2013
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