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The Canyons grabbed plenty of media attention during its production thanks to Lindsay Lohan, who stars in the film with porn star James Deen. Following a revealing behind-the-scenes look in the New York Times, the film was rejected by two major film festivals. But it still managed to find a distributor. IFC announced today that it will bring the film to theaters.
In a press release posted at Deadline, IFC Films announced that the film will open in theaters and be available on video-on-demand on the same day in the summer. IFC praised producer Braxton Pope for his unique ways of getting the film together, including $170,000 raised on Kickstarter. Director Schrader is quoted as calling the film “cinema for the post-theatrical era.” The film’s script was written by Bret Easton Ellis.
The company also revealed that it will be screened at the New York Film Festival with a conversation with Schrader.
“On one level, The Canyons is a visually and tonally precise, acid-etched horror story of souls wandering through a hyper-materialistic hell, with a fearless and, I think, stunning performance by Lindsay Lohan at its center,” NYFF’s Kent Jones said in the announcement. “On another level, it’s an inspiration and an example to us all: it’s difficult for me to imagine another filmmaker of Paul Schrader’s stature diving into the world of crowd-sourced moviemaking, let alone with such fervor, dedication and rigor.”
The Canyons was Lohan’s first project since Liz & Dick, her critically panned Lifetime movie.
You can check out a clip from the film below: