Lindsay Lohan’s ‘The Canyons’ rejected by SXSW festival organizers because of ‘quality issues’

By Daniel S Levine,

Lindsay Lohan’s The Canyons has been rejected by another popular indie film festival, SXSW.

First, the Sundance Film Festival rejected it, now SXSW dismisses it as well. Not looking good for Lohan's new movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas said that The Canyons was rejected due to concerns over the erotic thriller’s quality. The film was written by American Psycho’s Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader.

“It’s got an ugliness and a deadness to it,” the festival insider adds.

Producer Braxton Pope told THR that they are still waiting for an official comment from the festival.

Just last week, TMZ reported that Sundance also rejected the film. Producers told the site that they believe their troubled star was a “turn off” for Sundance organizers.

Indiewire reports that Shrader himself posted a lengthy message on Facebook in response to the now infamous New York Times Magazine piece that covered the difficulties they had working with Lohan. Schrader wrote that the film wasn’t ready for Sundance anyway and the key now is to coordinate a Video-on-Demand and limited theatrical release for the film.

“Films enter festivals to heighten their profile. The Canyons doesn't need to do that,” Shrader wrote. “We need to organize multi-platform distribution. This is not a dodge, it's common sense. The film is very good. I have no qualms about that.”



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