A look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy-a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn't exist, someone would have had to invent him. The strangest story about a story ever told.
Suspenseful and sensational, “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” strolls through time and magnifies how far we’ve advanced. Passionate documentarian Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) invents a new genre: the literary action-film. No better filmmaker could capture the compelling story of Laura Albert, a voice that finally emerged when its tongue was correctly reassigned. The way glass onions are known for their stability on rough seas, Albert and her work as JT LeRoy endures while challenging the boundaries of identity politics and reminding us that successful fiction is supposed to fuel our imaginations. There’s a fascination with the definition of “manly” and exploring what defines women. However, true artists inhabit their beings the way a hermit crab inherits a shell — changing it for a new one when the opportunity and need arise. Thankfully, JT’s words were already cast in stone. And now, readers will understand that Albert was ahead of her time. She helped push modern culture forward. And her work, like the Bible, will stand up to multiple interpretations — for eons.
Author is such a compelling story. With how it all began, and how it all developed. It was all sort of out of necessity, or rather, defense of anonymity, or fear... I don't know. What drove Laura Albert? Only she knows. But the fact that it all grew into this great climax... It all certainly feels like it was meant to be this way... A life meant to breed this crazy tornado of spiderwebs and characters. This film left me wanting to explore "Sarah" and "The Heart is Deceitful" ... and I truly believe that it is. Thank you, Laura Albert
I learned of the Author, Laura Albert/JT LeRoy, and their books only a week ago, through this film, “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”. I hadn't followed the story back when, but it came up on my Amazon Fire Stick last night as something I'd be interested in - and they were right. I was compelled to look for more information about her and immediately started reading “Sarah”. I was blown away by Laura’s epic life story as well as the metaphysical emergence into “real” life of JT LeRoy. A courageous, brazen, yet authentically creative journey that brought voice, healing and re-birth to Laura, JT and countless others who are drawn to read the books and to see this exceptionally well crafted documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig. Laura Albert is a life artist with genuine depth and enormous soul intelligence. This depth of soul intelligence must unfortunately often come through the transformation of suffering. I think that those who have also suffered, survived and understand that they can use their pain to evolve and ultimately help others to heal, will be able to relate to who Laura Albert has “become” most of all. Anyone who simply dismisses her as a manipulator, just can’t - or won’t - think that deeply. Anyone who vehemently resents that the books were not actually written by a young boy, victim of child rape, life-long witness to violence and depravity… needs to have their head examined. Instead, a heart-wrenchingly difficult subject has been brought to light in a way that has deeply effected and helped so many, by an exceptional writer who was willing to do whatever it took in spite of herself.