“Laura Albert, the real author behind fabricated sensation JT LeRoy, tells her side of the story in Jeff Feuerzeig’s endlessly riveting documentary.” — The Guardian
New York Magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “It boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, 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, she also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but for her, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.
Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Seattle Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016
Director Jeff Feuerzeig
Script Jeff Feuerzeig
Producers Jim Czarnecki, Danny Gabai, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner, Henry S. Rosenthal