Presented in collaboration with Aspen Film. Generously underwritten by Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
“As the indie-film director Jeff Feuerzeig discovered, the Leroy affair was much more than we know — a strange, existential and ultimately thrilling story of a woman donning identities with a degree of spy-novel ambition (and, sometimes, Mel Brooks absurdity).” – LA Times
New York Magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but fo r Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.
Director Jeff Feuerzeig and author Laura Albert will be featured in a post-screening discussion via Skype.
Fee: $20. Tickets are available at WWW.ASPENSHOWTIX.COM.
Society of Fellows may reserve complimentary tickets to this event byemailing SOF@ASPENINSTITUTE.ORG or calling 970.544.7980.
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