IFC to distribute Paul Schrader’s ‘The Canyons’ with Lindsay Lohan

By Daniel S Levine,

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 became a controversial project, especially after the Times’ revealing look at how difficult Lohan was on set. Lohan later admitted that there was some truth to the story.

Later, though, the film was rejected by the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW in Austin.

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:

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