Date: Oct. 11, 2016
On Fri., Oct. 21, and Sat., Oct. 22, in its screening room at 304 E. Broad St., the Bijou Film Center will present “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” – a new documentary about a writer who splits herself into various characters in order to create and promote her work. Then the cat gets out of the bag.
Admission: $9. No advance tickets.
Friday show times: 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.
Saturday show times: 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.
“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” (2016): Color. 110 minutes. Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig. Cast: Laura Albert, Bruce Benderson, Dennis Cooper.
Note: Truth or fiction? Documentary or confessional memoir? The background behind popular books, thought at one time to have been written by JT LeRoy, is indeed stranger than fiction. This documentary willingly blurs lines between real and imaginary, as it shines a spotlight on the cult of celebrity that facilitated the selling of JT LeRoy's work. What is revealed is both remarkable and confounding. The “author,” Laura Albert, who looks directly into the camera as she speaks for much of the film, recounts a story that's part “The Three Faces of Eve” (1957), or perhaps “Sybil” (1976), and part “The Hoax” (2006).
More background from the distributor, Magnolia Pictures is here.
The trailer is here.