Fans of Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars like to refer to themselves as family, but 'apostles' might be a better term. Thanks to their fervent support, Artifact, the Leto-directed (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins) film about the band's lengthy legal battle with its record label EMI, is making some noise on the indie circuit. more »
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Oscar hopeful Beasts of the Southern Wild and Artifact, actor Jared Leto's documentary — he's credited as Bartholomew Cubbins — about his band 30 Seconds to Mars, are among the five films that have made it to the final round of IFP's Gotham Independent Film Audience Award contest. Beasts, which was directed by Benh Zeitlin, turns out to be the only non-documentary nominated: The other three contenders include Kirby Dick's Invisible War, about rape in the military; Burn, Brenna Sanchez and Tom Putnam's documentary about Detroit firefighters, and Jonathan Kalafer's Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Story, which tells the story of how the fifth-grade chorus at a Staten Island public school came to perform at the 2011 Oscars. more »
After rolling out its Galas and other spotlights last week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a swarm of new films added to its lineup, including documentaries by Ken Burns, Alex Gibney and Julien Temple. TIFF also added its genre-heavy Midnight Madness section including new work from Oscar-winners Martin McDonagh and Barry Levinson as well as Don Coscarelli and Rob Zombie. The festival's Vanguard section includes international work that "defies convention" and includes work from North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Also joining the 2012 roster is TIFF's City to City lineup which this year will spotlight Mumbai; the TIFF Kids lineup including the new Finding Nemo 3-D animation and a collection of restored work. In all, the festival announced over 70 films Tuesday.