Flash Movie Review: Author: The JT LeRoy Story
With pen in hand the blank paper lies in repose for its infusion. For some writers once the tip makes contact with the paper the pen becomes a syringe, injecting the mind’s thoughts and words into the page. It flows freely, creating a world for all visitors. There are writers out there who walk a fine line between truth and fiction when they are writing a story. I know how that feels because I used to be scared to reveal too much about myself in my writings. It was in college where I broke through my paper walls and let myself be heard in class. I wrote about an incident that happened to me and instead of writing the event in 3rd person (using a fictional name and pronoun) I wrote a sentence that started with, “I fell down from the fists that punched into my back.” The scariest part about writing this story for me was knowing I would have to read it out loud to the class the following week. Not that I was singled out, everyone in the class would be reading their stories. It turned out to be a cathartic experience. Listening and working with my classmates that semester taught me how to present a story. Some students were able to express themselves on a deeper level when they wrote about a character; others did it with actual people in their life. I guess it comes down to finding balance. There are some things that happened to me that I know would lose some impact if I were to create a surrogate of myself. That is the beauty about writing, authors can create any world they wish to and call it whatever they want it to be. The story behind the story in this documentary will show you one way on how it is done. BURSTING onto the literary scene was JT LeRoy (The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Sarah), but who really was this person? This film festival nominated movie was written and directed by Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Half Japanese: The Band that Would be King). With appearances by Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Edward Scissorshands) and writer Dennis Cooper (Frisk, Luster), this film started out slow for me. There was a mixture of actual footage and interviews throughout the documentary, but for some reason I was not following the story at first. However something took place and this picture took on the persona of a suspenseful mystery. The story became interesting and fascinating to the point I had wished I had been aware of the events when they actually took place. By the way I am not familiar with any of the author’s writings. Even after seeing this film I still am a bit confused on a few points and may seek out one of the books to see if it will help me get a better understanding on all the hoopla. This may be a picture that is more suited for writers than the general public.
2 ¾ stars
Posted on September 21, 2016, in Documentary and tagged 2 3/4 stars, Dennis cooper, documentary, film festival nominee, Jeff feuerzeig, jt leroy, winona ryder. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
TIFF(Toronto International Film Festival) as I’m sure you know about(!) just wrapped up here last Sunday to rave reviews of new films but I don’t think this one was part of it though it could very well have been! This one sounds interesting for like a rainy day stay indoors kinda thing. May I also suggest two sites of interest that will expand yours and your readers listening spectrum and perhaps warp your impression of what music really is all about lol, it’s my music and it’s very avant-garde and experimental to say the least but will surely cleanse one’s mental palette after watching a bad movie lol
This film was only showing at one theater near me; if you do see it I would be curious to hear your thoughts. BTW, are you familiar with the author? Thank you for the links to your music sites, I will check them out.
I’ve heard the author’s name tossed around my friends who work at a book store very briefly once because a customer had requested it but no I have not had a chance to check any of their writings out. I’ll ask around if anyone has though! Also… shameless promo….
My YouTube channel with live performances as well as videos I’ve made to my music. Cheers : )
Ok thank you for telling me, I appreciate it.