Jared Leto is generating some Oscar buzz for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, his first movie role in almost six years. But he was hardly sitting on his duff during that period. As the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto was touring and recording with his band, which includes his brother, Shannon, and Tomo Milicevic. The band sold millions of records, but there were some bumps along the way. Unhappy with their relationship with music behemoth EMI, Thirty Seconds attempted to opt out of its contract in 2008. The label responded by suing the band for $30 million.
Leto didn’t take that lying down. Instead, he turned the camera on the band to film a documentary about the ordeal, capturing the turmoil and stress that went into battling the label and creating their next album, This is War. Titled Artifact, the documentary premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, winning the Blackberry’s People’s Choice Documentary Award. On Dec. 3, Artifact will be released on Video On Demand by FilmBuff, making the movie available on iTunes — where you can pre-order the film later today — Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu.
“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,” said Jared Leto, 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. We put everything we had worked so hard for on the line. It was life or death. It was war.”
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