Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: The Adderall Diaries

adderall diaries book artThis is the story of a book → that was made into a movie → that was made into a movie about making the movie → and the film festival that was started because of the movie about the movie.  This is probably a good time to mention that Adderall is involved.

“The Adderall Diaries” is a true crime story about Hans Reiser, a man accused of murdering his wife in 2006.  Reiser is a computer genius who invented a journaling system that changed the way we can retrieve information from our computers.

“The Adderall Diaries” is also a memoir that chronicles Stephen’s attempts to create and understand a relationship with his father, a man he describes in previous books as being abusive. “The Adderall Diaries” shows Elliot trying to understand there are two sides to every story, and that those stories we tell ourselves are true to us and affect us truly, whether they are based in fact or fantasy.

Elliot weaves in and out of these two topics and draws poetic parallels.

“Storing data on a disk, like committing an event to memory, is almost never a one-step process.  If the computer gets interrupted between steps, the file system becomes inconsistent, the computer crashes, and certain data is lost forever.  The journal allows a computer to recover from this catastrophe by resolving inconsistencies, reconciling what can be known with what can’t, providing the narrative bridge between where the computer has been and what the machine has become.”

The person who ties together Stephen’s life and the life of Hans is a character named Sean, who was once a heavy player in the BDSM community but has since become a born-again Christian and has subsequently confessed to the murder of eight people. There is plenty going on in this book, but it all comes together beautifully, although sporadically.  Again, I believe the warning is in the title.

“The Adderall Diaries” was published in 2009; a year later it was optioned by James Franco, which he made into a movie in 2015.  The movie starred James Franco, Christian Slater and Amber Heard.  According to Stephen Elliot, he had nothing to do with the movie, other than writing the book it was based on.  He never went on set while it was being made and only saw the film when it premiered at the Tribeca Film festival in 2015.

Dissatisfied with the way he was portrayed on screen, Stephen Elliot started work on a movie about his book being made into a movie. “After Adderall” is a retaliatory reciprocating movie starring Michael C. Hall and Lili Taylor, as well as authors playing themselves, including Stephen Elliot, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean and Michael Cunningham.

Once “After Adderall” was finished, Stephen Elliot began submitting his film to film festivals.  He was surprised at what he found while doing so, ultimately writing an article about the cost and politics of submitting a film.  Then Stephen did what we would expect him to do- make his own film festival- because Stephen Elliot is a Punk Rock, DIY kind of guy. That is how the Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival was born.  And guess what movie will be premiered there?  “After Adderall.”

As a fan of Elliot, I am looking forward to the film festival and excited to experience something new, something grassroots.  The Lo-Fi festival will be held on July 30th at Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles.  Four movies will be shown, interspersed with two discussion panels; one called “How to film festival” and one called “Life into Art,” the latter about having your art made into a movie.

The movies that were picked to show at the Lo-Fi festival were chosen while Stephen Elliot was writing the article- no fees were charged to these film makers.  You can check out trailers on the website for the four movies that will be shown. Tickets are also available for purchase, either for the entire day, or just for viewing one movie.

Lo-Fi Festival schedule:

  • 11:30 Movie: Search Engines
  • 1:30 Movie: S & M Sally
  • 3:30 Panel: How to Film Festival
  • 5:00 Movie: Creedmoria
  • 7:00 Panel: Life into Art
  • 8:30 Movie: After Adderall

Previously on the L.A. Beat:  Guess I was the last to meet Stephen Elliot 

Related Posts
Photo by Jennifer K. Hugus for The Los Angeles Beat
Ever miss a good ol’ fashioned bookstore around L.A.? Not to mention the new vinyl click and pop of a well worn record (as in music, not the boring statistical ...
READ MORE
Book-ness with KP-Ness: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”
Since reading this memoir a few years ago, I have gifted five copies to friends. Although this book came out in 2012, I’ve decided to write about it here - ...
READ MORE
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: Chuck Palahniuk
Here are two more suggestions from my “List of books I have read more than once, from authors I adore.”  These are by Chuck Palahniuk, author of "Fight Club" and ...
READ MORE
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Phoebe Gloeckner's “Diary of a Teenage Girl” is “An Account in Words and Pictures” of Minnie, a fifteen-year-old who is having an affair with Monroe, a 35-year-old man who is also ...
READ MORE
Movie Review: “Queen Of The Desert” Screening at AFI FEST Presented By Audi
Werner Herzog's world premiere of "Queen Of The Desert" was met with some criticism at the Berlin Film Festival in February, yet it was nominated for a Golden Bear. So I ...
READ MORE
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
"Miss Peregrine's" by Ransom Riggs has been on my “to read” list for a while, but I kept putting it off - until I saw the commercial for the movie ...
READ MORE
Genuinely smiling for over 200 people
Cheryl Strayed is the author of several books, the most popular of them is Wild, Cheryl’s memoir about walking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail to find her way back ...
READ MORE
Book’d in Burbank Returns on April 11
Readers and authors should check out the second Book'd in Burbank at Theatre Banshee on April 11. Presented by Liz D, the event includes readings from Young Adult (YA), Mystery and Romance ...
READ MORE
The USC marching band kicked off the festival on Saturday morning.
Remember book fairs from elementary school?  Well the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is nothing like that. The two day event is one of the largest book festivals in the ...
READ MORE
Tribute to Soul Train part of 11th annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival
Dance Camera West (DCW), recognized internationally for its annual presentation and celebration of dance on screen, announces its 11th annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival happening Thursday, June 28 - Saturday, ...
READ MORE
Counterpoint Records and Books Celebrates 35 Years with
Book-ness with KP-Ness: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: Chuck Palahniuk
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Movie Review: “Queen Of The Desert” Screening at
Book-Ness with K.P.-Ness: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar
Cheryl Strayed – Brave Enough
Book’d in Burbank Returns on April 11
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Tribute to Soul Train part of 11th annual

K.P. Rennie

About K.P. Rennie

I generally only write reviews about books that I am inspired to read more than once, so my book reviews aren't about new releases that I liked, they are about tried and true books that I LOVE. I favor quirky stories, inspirational memoirs, and real life drama. There are many movies and books that I have enjoyed more than once. If you liked any of these, we probably have similar taste- Books: Peter Pan, Choke, A Life Without Consequences, Fight Club, The Adderall Diaries, Lets Pretend This Never Happened, The Glass Castle, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Wild, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Just Kids, Movies: Little Miss Sunshine, Seven Psychopaths, Ghost World, Pulp Fiction, Hook, Big Fish, Reservoir Dogs, Moonrise Kingdom, Being John Malcovich, I am President of The Fun Zone; The Center for the Study of Funism.
This entry was posted in Books, Events, Movies, Upcoming Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply