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Sept 23 – Oct 6, 2016

Author: The JT Leroy Story

Dir. Jeff Feuerzeig USA 110 min Not Rated

2016 Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, 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 according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

Join us on Friday, September 23, at 4 pm, for a screening of AUTHOR followed by a Reel Reads film and book discussion led by Diana Martinez, Film Streams’ Education Director. Reel Reads is a regular partnership between Film Streams and The Bookworm to share what we love best with the Omaha community: film and books.

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