On Friday, April 17th I went to a discussion talk about the new movie The Adderall Diaries, directed by Pamela Romanoesky. The event was held at the Apple Store in Soho.
The movie stars Ed Harris and James Franco, who portray an intense father and son relationship. Pamela first had the idea to create this movie after she had read the memoir by Stephen Elliott. She was a casual reader, she said, and she grew to love the story with each page she read.
She contacted her friend from NYU, James Franco, and asked him to be in the movie that she was going to direct. After he agreed to help out, she then pursued further characters and asked Ed Harris to play the father part. They had all read the critically acclaimed memoir and decided it would be an honor to remake the story. In making this movie, Pamela said, she wanted the audience to feel the same way that this dark story made her feel when she was reading it.
The host of the event, Eric Kohn, who works for Indie Wire, asked Pamela, Ed, and Bruce Thierry Cheung, the filmmaker, a few questions about the movie. Bruce is also a friend of James and Pamela through grad school at NYU.