Filmmaker Cleverly Wrangles Footage for JT LeRoy Documentary

Marjorie Sturm's look-back is set to debut theatrically on the west coast.

It’s been a long while since we covered the topic of literary huckster JT LeRoy. But no doubt the theatrical debut later this month of Marjorie Sturm’s documentary The Cult of JT LeRoy will renew interest in the exploits of this one-time Brooklyn-based faux sensation.

As the Bay Area-based Sturm tells the San Francisco Chronicle, she turned the tables on JT-slash-LauraAlbert a few years ago in our fair city to gain some critical more recent footage:

Albert cut off contact with Sturm in 2003, but Cult manages to include fresh footage filmed during her 2010 New York City bookstore appearance. Sturm acquired the video through a bit of fakery that Albert herself might appreciate. She explains, “I had my friend in New York shoot Laura by pretending to be a fan.”

The documentary will screen March 13-19 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, the very same location where it recently won SF IndieFest’s prize for Best Documentary Feature. This all follows The Cult of JT LeRoy’s world premiere last fall at DOC NYC.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.