Author: The JT LeRoy Story

USA | 2016 | 110 minutes | Jeff Feuerzeig

Uncover the fascinating truth behind wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough, sordid memoirs about life as a teenage male hustler captivated the literary world—until he was revealed to be a fictional creation of 40-year-old female writer Laura Albert.

May 30, 2016
Shoreline Community College Theater  
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June 1, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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In 1999, Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy burst into the American literary consciousness. His highly accomplished and critically acclaimed first novel, "Sarah," purported to be a roman à clef of the author's tragic early life—the HIV-positive child of a lot-lizard prostitute who'd pimped out the cross-dressed LeRoy at truck stops throughout the South. Adding to LeRoy's mystique was his own reclusiveness, refusing to attend his own public readings; when he eventually did begin to make appearances, he was always dressed in a heavy blond wig, hat, and sunglasses. However, LeRoy's reputation crumbled when an October 2005 article in "New York" magazine revealed he didn't exist at all—he was just the fever-dream creation of Laura Albert, a 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone-sex operator. Director Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) brings LeRoy/Albert's astonishing story to film, featuring extensive interviews with Albert as she recounts the journey from JT LeRoy's inception during a crisis-hotline phone call to the dizzying heights of celebrity, during which she recruited her sister-in-law to be the real-life stand-in for LeRoy. Author: The JT LeRoy Story is a fascinating dissection of the fame, sensationalism, and outrage that surrounded the literary "avatar"—some say hoax—Albert created.

Director Biography
Jeff Feuerzeig's feature The Devil and Daniel Johnston, about the titular singer/songwriter, won top documentary directing honors at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Principal Cast: Laura Albert
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 110 minutes
Producer: Jeff Feuerzeig, Danny Gabai, Jim Czarnecki, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner
Screenplay: Jeff Feuerzeig
Cinematographers: Richard Henkels
Editors: Michelle M. Witten
Filmography: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (doc, 2005); Half Japanese: the Band That Would Be King (doc, 1993)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales: WME
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