Tuesday, April 12, 2016
We at the Boston Book Festival are pleased to be screening sponsors again for the 2016 IFF Boston, taking place April 27–May 4. We will be sponsoring two films this year: Author: The JT LeRoy Story and High Rise. We are excited to see the films on the big screen!
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
An author spends a decade entrancing audiences with his prose, his evocative backstory, and his enigmatic presence. He becomes a celebrity, has friendships and affairs with other celebrities, and appears at fashion and rock shows. Yet it turns out this author did not exist at all! When, in 2005, New York magazine unmasked author JT Leroy as an avatar created by a woman named Laura Albert, the world was shocked. How did she pull off a stunt of such magnitude for so many years? Award-winning director Jeff Feurzeig explores the story and the person in his new documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story.
Prior screenings of Author: The JT LeRoy Story have already received positive buzz. John Fink of The Film Stage calls the film “wildly entertaining and truly stranger than fiction, even perhaps the fiction Albert wrote as LeRoy.” Nigel M. Smith of the Guardian notes, “Albert gets offered the opportunity to redeem her actions, and make light of why and how she conned the world. Unsurprisingly, she’s a hell of a storyteller.”
Author is showing on Thursday, April 28 at 9:45pm at the Somerville Theater, Screen 5, and tickets can be purchased here.
Acclaimed director Ben Wheatley tackles class wars in his newest drama, High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston. Using apartment location as a literal class metaphor, Wheatley plays with the concepts of high society and lower class. Hiddleston plays Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident in a luxury apartment skyscraper. His apartment’s location on one of the upper floors guarantees his upper class status. Yet, when foundations begin to crumble on the lower floors, conflicts emerge and the battle of the classes begins.
High Rise is showing on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm at the Somerville Theater, Screen 1. Tickets can be purchased here.
Our sponsored screenings are just a small sampling of the IFF’s programming. Check out the full lineup for IFF Boston—we’ll save some popcorn for you!
Posted by Norah Piehl on 04-12-2016 at 12:00am