Cult of JT LeRoy

The Cult of JT LeRoy

  • USA
  • 90
  • 14A
  • Marjorie Sturm
  • Marjorie Sturm
  • Marjorie Sturm (Producer)
  • Peggy Peralta (Cinematographer)
  • Josh Melrod (Editor)
  • Ernesto Diaz-Infante (Music)
  • Ernesto Diaz-Infante (Sound)
  • Marjorie Sturm (Sound)

After publishing his first novel at 19, JT LeRoy began a meteoric rise to literary fame, captivating readers with heartbreaking and traumatic stories that defied belief. An extraordinarily reclusive writer at the start, LeRoy began to shyly emerge from his cocoon to rub elbows with a fiercely devoted celebrity following, which included Gus Van Sant, Nancy Sinatra, Lou Reed and Sandra Bernhard, among others. But even LeRoy’s closest friends could sense something was amiss as his life story changed from one conversation to the next. Director Marjorie Sturm was present at the dawn of LeRoy’s unlikely ascent, capturing the carnage that followed his hunger for fame and recognition. Unfolding like a mystery, The Cult of JT LeRoy is a deeply absorbing tale of hubris that mines the landscape of cultural celebrity and thirst for novelty and shock that lies behind one of the most significant literary scandals of the century. Eli Horwatt

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