Author: The JT Leroy Story - DVD

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On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked "it boy" wunderkind 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 - like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids - breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert's epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

Genre: Education/General Interest
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig - Director
Theatrical Release: 2016
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 112 mins
Studio: Distribution Solutions
Format: DVD
Language: English

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked "it boy" wunderkind 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 - like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids - breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert's epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

Profiling author Laura Albert, who found success publishing stories under the guise of a transgender male prostitute known as JT Leroy. Relying heavily on interviews with Albert herself, this documentary charts her rise and fall as a literary icon. Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig.;

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Jeff Feuerzeig - Director
Jeff Feuerzeig - Director
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore -
Dennis Cooper - Director; Producer; Screenwriter
Dave Nelson - Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Gross -
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte -
Bruce Benderson -
Ira Silverberg -
Panio Gianopoulos -
Laura Albert - Participant
Madeleine Brand -
Peggy Peralta -
Nancy Rommelmann - Interviewee
Geoffrey Knoop - Interviewee
Stephen Beachy - Interviewee
Ernesto Diaz-Infante -
Sylvia Roberts - Animator
The Guardian
07/31/2016
3 stars out of 5 -- "This film explores the story ? which is rather more complex and knotty than the 'literary hoax' it was described as at the time ? from Albert?s perspective....It gives a fascinating insight into her near pathological compulsion to try on other voices and identities..."
Los Angeles Times
09/08/2016
"[E]ven for those who don?t regard the notion of perfect objectivity with the wariness it deserves, there are compensatory insights in this movie?s unapologetic fascination with its subject."
RogerEbert.com
09/09/2016
4 stars out of 4 -- "AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY, a documentary, offers a complex and deeply fascinating account of a decidedly unusual chapter in recent American cultural history."
Entertainment Weekly
09/07/2016
"AUTHOR is still a tricky, fascinating look at the strange nexus of art, artifice, and the intoxicating cult of celebrity." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone
09/09/2016
"[I]t's undeniably compelling to watch Albert build her legend through such celebrity enablers as director Gus Van Sant, actress Asia Argento, and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan."

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