Author: The JT LeRoy StoryAbout 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.