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
|3:00 PM||Date has passed
Director Jeff Feuerzeig scheduled to attend
June 1, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
|6:30 PM||Date has passed|
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.
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.
Sponsored by KING 5, KKNW 1150 AM
|Principal Cast:||Laura Albert|
|Running Time:||110 minutes|
|Producer:||Jeff Feuerzeig, Danny Gabai, Jim Czarnecki, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner|
|Editors:||Michelle M. Witten|
|Filmography:||The Devil and Daniel Johnston (doc, 2005); Half Japanese: the Band That Would Be King (doc, 1993)|
|US Distributor:||Magnolia Pictures|