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Author: The JT LeRoy Story

About the Film

Teenager JT LeRoy erupted onto the 1990s literary scene as an immediate, if unlikely, star. He turned a tragic background of teenage prostitution and drug addiction into captivating, gritty bestsellers like Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. The pathologically shy wunderkind evaded the spotlight, donning a wig, hat, and sunglasses in public, and recruited famous admirers like Winona Ryder to read in his place at book events. LeRoy’s celebrity expanded to include fashion shows, music events, and a splashy Cannes Film Festival-debuting film adaptation of his work. But in truth, the stranger-than-fiction story behind this lost boy was that of a woman, Laura Albert, a complex, mercurial figure who reveals all in director Jeff Feuerzeig's look back at the brief but intense career of the erstwhile literary sensation. What emerges is a fascinating and provocative consideration of the seductive power of storytelling in the construction of identity.

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Film Information

Section Spotlight Film
Type Documentary
Length 110 min
Year 2016
Language English
Country USA

Creative Team

Director Jeff Feuerzeig
Producer Jim Czarnecki
Editor Michelle M. Witten
Cinematographer Richard Henkels

Screening Information

Ticket Price $25.00

Date 06/25, 4:30PM
Venue Dreamland Main
Address 17 South Water Street

Date 06/26, 1:15PM
Venue Bennett Hall
Address 62 Centre Street