Director Marjorie Sturm in attendance
With the publication of the autobiographical novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, teenager JT LeRoy was hailed as a literary prodigy whose writing gave a raw and necessary window into teen prostitution, drug addiction, homelessness, homophobia and living with HIV. LeRoy’s rising fame brought him into an ever-widening circle of writers, actors and pop stars such as Gus Van Sant, Lou Reed, Sandra Bernhardt, Shirley Manson and many more who championed JT’s work and even read for him in public when the pathologically fragile author could not face an audience.
However, in this bright limelight, questions soon emerged about the young author’s background, shifting gender identification and strange position as voice of the streets but celebrity darling. The investigation that followed became one of the most outlandish and emotionally charged media exploits of the decade. The Cult of JT LeRoy is both a gripping literary mystery and a deeply layered examination of the borderlines between sympathy, exploitation and psychosis. Whether you know the story or not, the questions director Marjorie Sturm raises about expression and identity are perhaps more relevant in our self-saturated era than they were when the mercurial figure of JT LeRoy first emerged.
Portland writer Nancy Rommelmann will join Director Marjorie Sturm for a fascinating Q&A!!!
The Cult of JT LeRoy: Dir Marjorie Sturm 2014 USA 90 min
Sponsored by: Dan Winter & John Forsgren
Community Partner: The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters