IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Paul Schrader’s "The Canyons," which has been the topic of considerable discusson thanks to the now infamous New York Times article about Lindsay Lohan's behavior on set.
Indiewire respond to that article with this take on the film, written by our co-founder Eugene Hernandez. In the article, Schrader called the film "cinema for the post theatrical era," which makes IFC Films — a pioneer in the VOD market (where "Canyons" surely could do quite well in) — a very good firt.
The modern-day Los Angeles-set film — written by Bret Easton Ellis — stars Lohan and adult film star James Deen. Producer Braxton Pope led the DIY film’s extensive new media strategies which included crowdfunding and online casting.
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.
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“This film is a wild ride through the psyche of Bret Easton Ellis courtesy of Paul Schrader. Lindsay Lohan is terrific as Tara and James Deen will be a big surprise for people," Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said. "We are thrilled that the filmmakers’ adventure in filmmaking 2.0 has brought them to our door.”
Schrader himself added: “I am delighted our film has found an enthusiastic home at IFC. We envisioned The Canyons as a multi-platform release from the beginning and no company knows that world better than IFC."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Alexis Garcia at WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.