The film "Author: The JT LeRoy Story" Screens at Vox Docs at 7 pm.
Author Laura Albert offers a book signing at 6:15 pm and a post-screening Q&A. Use A Book For All Season's special coupon code -- vox10 -- to purchase Vox Docs film tickets, normally $17, for only $10!
Richard Brody writes in The New Yorker (9/13/16):
“JT LeRoy…was one of the literary sensations of the early early two-thousands. A gender-fluid person from West Virginia, who had been born male and had the given name of Jeremiah, LeRoy had been a child prostitute at truck stops as well as a heroin addict, and was infected with H.I.V. LeRoy’s late mother had been a prostitute, too, and had been abusive; LeRoy, as Warren St. John reported in the Times, in 2004, had sought violent relationships because of that abuse.” LeRoy’s novels and stories were produced as films and “LeRoy was befriended by such luminaries as Mary Karr, Courtney Love, Bono, Tom Waits, and Madonna; LeRoy’s books were published internationally, and LeRoy was hailed as a star at readings and literary festivals.”
But in 2006 journalists “revealed that JT LeRoy was not the person the literary world had been led to believe. LeRoy was, in fact, the pseudonym and fictitious persona of Laura Albert, a forty-year-old San Francisco woman originally from New York. Feuerzeig’s documentary…unravels the twisty, suspenseful, pain-filled, and even beautifully intricate tangle of her creation and self-creation. Albert’s skein of ruses, as unravelled in the film, yields wildly ironic literary delights.”
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.