Special guests Phil Borges and Laura Albert will appear at the 6th Annual Vox Docs Film Festival, March 10th and 11th in the Snowy Owl Theater. The weekend festival showcases the best documentaries of the year, winning awards around the globe.
Borges and Albert will participate in post-screening Q &A’s, and in two March 11 book signings: at A Book For All Seasons 1:00-3:00 PM, and at Snowy Owl Theater 3:30-4:30 PM. Use A Book For All Season's special coupon code -- vox10 -- to purchase film tickets, normally $17, for only $10!
The thought-provoking, work-in-progress documentary directed by Kevin Tomlinson and critically-acclaimed photographer, Phil Borges, explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.
Phil’s recent project, “Crazywise,” explores the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world. “Crazywise” centers around a young man struggling with his sanity, world renowned mental health professionals, and a gutsy survivor-led movement...all challenging a mental health system in crisis.
In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, supporting photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.
“Author: The JT LeRoy Story”
On January 9, 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert.
Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many. But according to Albert, channeling her fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.
Awards include: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee, 2017 Writers Guild of America Documentary Screenplay Nominee, and 2016 DocAviv Film Festival Best International Film Nominee.