Einen ausführlichen Artikel zu Artifact inklusive Interview mit Jared Leto und einem kurzen Video-Eindruck des Dokumentarfilms gibt es auf realscreen.com.
„TIFF ’12: From 30 Seconds LP to $30m lawsuit“
Actor and rocker Jared Leto (pictured) tells realscreen how a US$30 million lawsuit turned what was supposed to be a ‘making of’ about his band 30 Seconds to Mars’s third album into Artifact, a feature documentary about the decline of the music industry.
In early 2008, the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars was in the midst of contract re-negotiations with EMI Records when the private equity firm Terra Firma took over the troubled label and the friendly tone of the proceedings changed. Mired in US$2.7 million in debt despite having sold 2.5 million copies of their sophomore album, the band attempted to exit their contract through a legal loophole. EMI’s new owners responded by having EMI subsidiary Virgin Records launch a $30 million breach of contract lawsuit against the Los Angeles-based trio.