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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #14 : Pamela Romanowsky Directs James Franco and Amber Heard In ‘The Adderall Diaries’

Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #14 : Pamela Romanowsky Directs James Franco and Amber Heard In 'The Adderall Diaries'

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Americans love a good story but hate a liar, or so we’d like to think. What happens when a writer needs pills and embellishments to work? What happens after it all comes crashing down? What’s more entertaining than a disaster?

What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

The Adderall Diaries’ is about Stephen Elliott, a memoir writer accused of fabricating his past by his estranged father. In an effort to avoid his problems, Stephen immerses himself in a high profile murder case while his relationships with his girlfriend, best friend and editor fall apart around him.

Now what’s it REALLY about?

It’s about how we edit our memories to fit the identity we’ve written for ourselves.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I’ve lived in New York for ten years now, but I’m originally from Minnesota. It allows me to strike a nice balance between the high-contrast cultures of baking all negative emotions into a hot dish and openly screaming at taxi drivers.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Re-discovering the script, the prep and the cut when my objectivity was clouded by repetition and discouragement.

What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?

I’d love to hear folks talking about whether Brian Williams deserved to be canned for his edited memory. Which spots in our own narratives have been embellished and omitted to portray a certain character. And whether many of us are willing to admit to these things.

Any films inspire you?

For this film: “Rashoman,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Ordinary People,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Chungking Express.”

What’s next?

Up next is an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s wild ride of a novel “Rant,” my third project with Mr. James Franco.

What cameras did you shoot on?

RED Epic

Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?

I did not. Alexis Garcia of WME connected us to our awesome financiers and producers, Windowseat Pictures.

Did you go to film school? If so, which one? 

Yes! I’m a proud alumna of NYU’s graduate film program. It was 99% more fun than my pre-med undergrad years.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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