The Adderall Diaries
Directed by James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard
Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, “The Adderall Diaries” is the gripping and complex story of how an author’s fascination with a high-profile murder case leads him to come to terms with his troubled past while embarking on a potentially life-changing romance in the present. James Franco plays Stephen Elliot, a once-successful novelist paralyzed by writer’s block and an escalating Adderall dependency, who becomes obsessed with a high-profile murder case as a way to escape his personal troubles. His interest leads him to meet Lana Edmond (Amber Heard), a smart, sexy reporter who gives him unique access to the case. As their relationship takes off, Stephen is suddenly thrust back into the past when his father (Ed Harris), a cruel and vindictive man, shows up to challenge the veracity of the memoir Stephen is writing. As Stephen simultaneously delves into the details of the murder case (which turns out to have some unexpected parallels to his own troubled upbringing) and reunites with his estranged father, he is forced to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction — ultimately leading him to finally reconcile his past and confront his future. Pamela Romanowksy’s debut feature deftly mixes tones and storylines to create a fascinatingly rich and engaging viewing experience. Through the character of Stephen, a flawed but always compelling protagonist, the film explores a wide array of themes and ideas, including the legacy of parents, the power of memory, and the nature of truth. “The Adderall Diaries” is a consistently surprising and thought-provoking film to watch, and it will leave you a great deal to reflect on once it’s over.
Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma / Florida Film / United States / 2014 / 23 mins"unmappable" is a documentary short that weaves together the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood. This meditative portrait will unveil the inner workings of a man whose work is lauded as poetic, artful, and innovative — a man who unapologetically pushes boundaries both personally and professionally. The film explores the events that have defined his life by pointing at ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that we usually do not think of as being mappable or explainable.
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