Ashland Independent Film Festival to Co-host benefit screening of AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

October 3, 2016

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Ashland Independent Film Festival to Co-host benefit screening of Author: The JT LeRoy Story

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) and Coming Attractions Theatres are honored to co-host an AIFF benefit screening of the documentary film, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, on Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm and 9:10 pm, followed by a week-long run at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland, Oregon.

AIFF Director of Programming, Richard Herskowitz, will moderate a Q&A with publisher, novelist, and screenwriter Tod Davies immediately following the 6:00 pm screening. Proceeds from the 6:00 pm and 9:10 pm screenings benefit AIFF. Tickets may be purchased at the Varsity Theatre box office or online at AIFF members may purchase discounted tickets in person for $7 (regularly $9.)

The documentary follows the story of a 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert, who masqueraded as a teen-aged, drug-addicted, male prostitute author named “J.T. LeRoy.” Albert’s “LeRoy” captivated celebrities like Bono and Gus Van Sant and publishers eager to sign up the troubled wunderkind. “The story is stranger than fiction and absolutely enthralling,” said Herskowitz. “Laura Albert is a very articulate, complex person. Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig’s filmmaking gives her room to explain what compelled her, and to defend her actions. You may find yourself arguing with her throughout the film, but you’ll probably come around to admiring her as both a writer and performer.”

Following the 6:00 pm screening Herskowitz will be joined by Tod Davies who will offer first-hand insights on the scandal and discuss its impact on the literary world. Davies has been the writer on Dennis Hopper’s The Hot Spot, and Backtrack, writer/producer of Alex Cox’s Three Businessmen, co-writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and producer of Revengers Tragedy, starring Derek Jacobi and Eddie Izzard, and The History of Arcadia, a visionary fiction series.

The documentary will be screened in conjunction with the Ashland Literary Festival. “We feel that people who are interested in books and the act of writing, will be fascinated by this film,” said Herskowitz, “but it will also be of interest to people who are interested in the very hot topic of gender identity, and its need to be fluid and resistant to fixity.”
About Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland Literary Festival, and Coming Attractions Theatres

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 90-plus independently made documentary, narrative, animation, and short films at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April. Praised by filmgoers for the intimate access it affords to filmmakers, and by filmmakers for its warm and intelligent reception given to the filmmakers, the Ashland Independent Film Festival was recently named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded AIFF with rare festival support grants.

The Ashland Literary Festival is an annual event that celebrates the literary arts by bringing together authors, publishers, and community organizations from throughout the Pacific Northwest. This year’s all-day event will occur on Saturday, October 8 at Hannon Library, at the heart of the Southern Oregon University campus, and is an opportunity for the local community to connect with the university and its students while engaging in a variety of activities. The festival features a full schedule that includes author readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, short presentations, and an exhibition table fair where visitors can meet authors and purchase books. There is also a dedicated Kids Corner, with crafts and activities for children led by Jackson County Library Services.

Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Ashland, Oregon when the company’s founder, John C. Schweiger, settled in Ashland and developed an interest in the local movie theatre, the art deco Varsity Theatre, built in 1937. After renovating and operating that one theatre, Mr. Schweiger’s enthusiasm for film exhibition drove his company’s expansion to include 18 theatres in small to medium‐sized markets up and down the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and most recently Alaska).

Photo Caption: Laura Albert in AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures.