The Cult of JT LeRoy

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This is a feature documentary about the writer JT LeRoy--Ethically charged, controversial, and confusing, JT's life and death sprang open a Pandora's box of powerful questions about literature and culture, identity and celebrity, and the reality of the society we live in. Fraud? Art? Mental illness? Complicity? The film will be a testament to this bizarre and elaborate story that has captured the attention and fascination of the world's media, and perplexes to this day.

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  • Sturm draws on a rich array of material to assemble a first documentary feature that's fascinating on numerous levels.

    Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Sturm's The Cult of JT LeRoy offers a sober yet somewhat punch-drunk reminder of what it felt like when the local literary wunderkind with a disturbingly tragic past was shown to possess an even more disturbingly tragic future.

    Jan 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It will leave you wondering how deeply what you know is conditioned by what you want to know.

    Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Sturm is an efficient storyteller, and she has assembled a cast of informative, engaging interviewees -- writers, agents, filmmakers -- whose stories convincingly bear out her view of Albert as a con artist who preyed on people's emotions.

    Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The story of JT LeRoy, a wunderkind writer who proved to be a hoax persona fashioned by Laura Albert, capitalized on [America's] need to weep and, simultaneously, encapsulated the trend.

    Dec 22, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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