Jeff Feuerzeig's New Documentary Unravels One of Literature's Biggest Scandals

In this episode of 'VICE Talks Film,' we sat down with the filmmaker to discuss his new documentary, 'Author: The JT LeRoy Story,' and the woman behind the scandal that shook the literary world.

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Sep 9 2016, 4:55pm

In 2006, the New York Times dropped a bomb on the world of letters when it discovered that JT LeRoy—the literary prodigy known for harrowing tales of troubled youth—was actually a woman named Laura Albert who previously worked as a phone sex operator. The new film Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us through the decade Albert spent breathing not only words, but life, into her LeRoy avatar.

In this episode of VICE Talks Film, VICE sits down with filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig, who unravels the complex and incredibly layered saga of JT LeRoy in his new documentary.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig and produced by VICE Films, opens this week in theaters across the US. Buy tickets here.

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