THE CULT OF JT LEROY

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First show: March 13

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“A first-rate documentary about a remarkable literary hoax.”Variety

“An utterly fascinating look at identity, gender, role-playing, fraud, and deception…Sturm was there on the ground level before Leroy’s true identity was exposed.” IndieWire

Friday, March 13 – Thursday, March 19

JT LeRoy was a teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life stories. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, JT LeRoy burst onto t1201x782-NEW-KEY-JT_From_Sylvia_v01-1160x652he literary scene in the late 1990s, attracting a devoted following through stark tales of poverty, abuse and underage prostitution in books like Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. His was a rags-to-riches story, with his own tortured life inspiring his writing — or so he claimed. Drawn into LeRoy’s inner circle before the truth came to light, director Marjorie Sturm was misled like many others. Through intimate interviews with many close to the tarnished figure, she attempts to untangle what really happened, and in the process explores how this deception called into question not only the value of LeRoy’s writing absent authenticity, but our culture’s complicity within the author’s seductive cult of personality.  Produced & directed  Marjorie Sturm.  (USA, 90 min.)

 

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