Tallgrass Film Festival

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

10:00 AM (120 min)

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.


Sour Grapes

12:45 PM (100 min)

Sour Grapes is a detective story set against the collision of two worlds – the arcane art of French wine production and the excesses of noughties New York in the lead up to the 2008 financial crash. The film traces the story of the millions of dollars made from the sale of fake vintage wine, which has flooded a susceptible luxury market with counterfeits that still lie undetected in cellars across the world.


Growing Up Coy

3:00 PM (100 min)

“Growing Up Coy” is a feature-length documentary about a young Colorado family who engages in a highly publicized legal battle and landmark civil rights case, as they fight for their 6-year-old transgender daughter's right to use the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. The film asks a universal question that any parent could face: “How far would you go to fight for your child’s equal rights?