Special Guests In Person: author Laura Albert (aka JT LeRoy), and (via skype) director/star Asia Argento
The cult film THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS will be presented in a special event with members of the creative team in conversation before the film, for one show only at midnight on Friday, June 28, 2013. Guests at the event will be author Laura Albert (aka JT LeRoy), producer Chris Hanley, and (via skype) director/star Asia Argento, to talk about the making of the film. Book sales and signing will take place in Clay Theatre lobby prior to the film. Pre-event gathering with guests will take place at Dino’s Pizza, at 2101 Fillmore, approximately 10:30pm-11:15pm
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS was released in 2004, having been based on the the best-selling novel by cult author JT LeRoy (aka Laura Albert), and directed by Asia Argento, daughter of famed Italian giallo/horror director Dario Argento. The dark drama follows Jeremiah (played by twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse, also by Jimmy Bennett), a young boy trying to cope as he is bounced between foster homes, his fundamentalist Christian grandparents and a vagabond existence on the road with his mother Sarah (writer/director Asia Argento), a truck stop prostitute with a growing drug habit. Forced to deal with a succession of surrogate deadbeat dads and a world of junkies and criminals, Jeremiah struggles to survive and grow. Co-starring Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda, Marilyn Manson, Jimmy Bennett, Jeremy Renner, Ben Foster, Michael Pitt, and Jeremy Sisto.
Laura Albert (aka JT LeRoy) - Laura Albert won international acclaim with her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold’s End, published by Last Gasp with illustrations by Cherry Hood.
She contributes to print and online publications internationally, in a career that includes articles for The New York Times, The London Times, Spin, Film Comment, Filmmaker, Interview, I-D, and Vogue. Laura’s writing has brought her to speaking engagements from the story-telling series The Moth and the Radiolab broadcasts in New York to Foyles bookstore in London and Brazil’s international book fair.
She wrote the original script for Gus Van Sant’s Elephant, which won the 2003 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and was Associate Producer. For Asia Argento’s film adaptation of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Laura served as Associate Producer. She also co-scripted Jean-Claude Schlim’s film House Of Boys and was a writer for the HBO series “Deadwood.” She has written liner notes and biographies for musicians Billy Corgan, Liz Phair, Conor Oberst, Bryan Adams, Nancy Sinatra, and Courtney Love. Laura has collaborated with director and playwright Robert Wilson for the international exhibition of his VOOM video portraits, and with the catalog for his “Frontiers: Visions of the Frontier” at IVAM Valencia.
In 2012 Laura served on the juries of the first Brasilia International Film Festival and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival. She has also taught at Dave Egger’s 826 Valencia and California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and lectured with artist Jasmin Lim at Artists’ Television Access with SF Camerawork’s Chuck Mobley. Laura and JT are the subjects of the hit Brazilian rock musical “JT, A Punk Fairy Tale,” which premiered just last year.
The film’s running time is 98 minutes; it is rated R.