Author: The JT LeRoy Story Poster

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Author Laura Albert writes novels under the literary persona JT LeRoy and creates a tragic back story of his life.

Cast: Laura Albert, Savannah Knoop, Winona Ryder, Courtney Love

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Vice

Distributors: Amazon Studios, Magnolia Pictures

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  • Author is a particular kind of documentary: a first-person account of the creation of a myth by its creator. As such, it poses all sorts of questions about the intersection of art, celebrity and psychological disturbance in our media culture, but it also gives us Laura Albert as a shape-shifting artist of astonishing talent, resourcefulness and originality. show more

  • Feuerzeig lets us put together the puzzle pieces of Albert’s story. The film’s final five minutes — a punch to the heart — make it all clear. show more

  • Although it’s clear that her dauntingly complex personality contributes to her abilities as a superior storyteller, Feuerzeig and Albert now ask us to believe a proven unreliable narrator’s account of her own life, which largely lacks corroboration. show more

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