The film will premiere day-and-date and on digital platforms in early summer in conjunction with a Special Presentation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center where The Canyons will be screened and followed by a conversation with Schrader and Kent Jones, Director of Programming of the New York Film Festival. Schrader presented a Master Class on crowdsourcing and DIY production at last year's New York Film Festival and will return to expand upon the process of making the film in a post-screening discussion.
Here's what Kent Jones, Director of Programming, New York Film Festival had to say.
The Canyons, a post-modern story about power and the dark side of Hollywood, centers around a scheming and very wealthy movie producer Christian (Deen) who makes movies to satisfy his father's demands that he maintain a viable career. Lohan stars as Tara, his girlfriend who's hiding an affair with an actor from her past. Christian becomes more and more demanding, inviting various sex partners to join him and Tara in his luxurious Malibu Canyon lair.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, had this to say.
Director Paul Schrader also released a statement.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna C. Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Alexis Garcia at WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Canyons was released August 2nd, 2013 and stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Repinski, Gus Van Sant, Jarod Einsohn, Chris Zeischegg. The film is directed by Paul Schrader.