AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

by Jeff Feuerzeig
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

Informations

Nation: USA

Year: 2016

Length: 110'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

January 9th, 2006: the “New York Times” unmasks the author JT LeRoy, a cult novelist, the author of the crude autobiographical novels Sarah, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End. Behind LeRoy’s hides Laura Albert, musician and phone-sex operator, who created the character with the help of a few friends. But why? [mp]

Director

Jeff Feuerzeig

Jeff   Feuerzeig

Jeff Feuerzeig is a documentary filmmaker. His works have often recounted tormented careers or those marked by unexpected or tardy recognition of people from the world of music and sports: the Texan singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, the band Half Japanese, and the overlooked boxer Chuck Wepner. He debuted in 1990 with the short documentary Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions, which was followed by Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (1993); The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), which received the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival; The Dude (2011) and the TV movie The Real Rocky (2011).

Filmography:
Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions (cm, doc., 1990), Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (doc., 1993), The Devil and Daniel Johnston (doc., 2005), The Dude (cm, doc., 2011), The Real Rocky (tv, 2011), Author: The Jt LeRoy Story (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto/director, story
Jeff Feuerzeig
fotografia/cinematography
Richard Henkels
montaggio/film editing
Michelle M. Witten
interprete/cast
Laura Albert
produttori/producers
Jim Czarnecki, Danny Gabai, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner, Henry S. Rosenthal
produzione/production
Dogwoof


contatti/contacts
Dogwoof Global
Luke Brawley
info@dogwoof.com
www.dogwoof.com

Director statement

“I had never heard of JT LeRoy, nor had I read the books, nor had I heard about the scandal as it was breaking in 2006. A journalist friend of mine turned me onto the story a few years later. […] I went back and read everything that had been written and I said to myself, there must be more to the story than we are being told. I then reached out to Laura Albert. […] And at this point in time, she’d literally been excommunicated from the literary community. She’d been labeled a pariah and a fraud. She’d been actually convicted of fraud in a court of law for signing the name JT LeRoy on a movie contract and that’s a human being that does not exist. And she was curled up in a ball.”

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January 9th, 2006: the “New York Times” unmasks the author JT LeRoy, a cult novelist, the author of the crude autobiographical novels Sarah, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End. Behind LeRoy’s hides Laura Albert, musician and phone-sex operator, who created the character with the help of a few friends. But why? [mp]

Director All about direction

Jeff Feuerzeig

Jeff   Feuerzeig

Jeff Feuerzeig is a documentary filmmaker. His works have often recounted tormented careers or those marked by unexpected or tardy recognition of people from the world of music and sports: the Texan singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, the band Half Japanese, and the overlooked boxer Chuck Wepner. He debuted in 1990 with the short documentary Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions, which was followed by Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (1993); The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), which received the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival; The Dude (2011) and the TV movie The Real Rocky (2011).

Filmography:
Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions (cm, doc., 1990), Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (doc., 1993), The Devil and Daniel Johnston (doc., 2005), The Dude (cm, doc., 2011), The Real Rocky (tv, 2011), Author: The Jt LeRoy Story (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto/director, story
Jeff Feuerzeig
fotografia/cinematography
Richard Henkels
montaggio/film editing
Michelle M. Witten
interprete/cast
Laura Albert
produttori/producers
Jim Czarnecki, Danny Gabai, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner, Henry S. Rosenthal
produzione/production
Dogwoof


contatti/contacts
Dogwoof Global
Luke Brawley
info@dogwoof.com
www.dogwoof.com

Director statement Read more

“I had never heard of JT LeRoy, nor had I read the books, nor had I heard about the scandal as it was breaking in 2006. A journalist friend of mine turned me onto the story a few years later. […] I went back and read everything that had been written and I said to myself, there must be more to the story than we are being told. I then reached out to Laura Albert. […] And at this point in time, she’d literally been excommunicated from the literary community. She’d been labeled a pariah and a fraud. She’d been actually convicted of fraud in a court of law for signing the name JT LeRoy on a movie contract and that’s a human being that does not exist. And she was curled up in a ball.”